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Nonagenarian Wants Ambode To Constitute Fresh Panel, Return Schools

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos


Private school proprietress, Madam Roseline Ololo, 91, has urged Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to set up a new panel to be headed by God-fearing and seasoned public officers to resolve the lingering dispute over the return of Metropolitan College and Isolo Secondary School to the rightful owners.

Ololo together with members of the civil society had last week staged a protest to contest the refusal of the state government to honour its earlier agreement to return the schools.

At the protest, it was agreed that parties to the feud should meet for another discussion on how to resolve the matter.

At the meeting which was held at the Ministry of Education, officials of the state government, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Olabisi Ariyo, had requested Ololo to substantiate her claims to the ownership of the schools by providing a letter of administration or the copy of the will of the former owner of the school in order to fast-track the process of returning the schools.

Ariyo also advised Ololo’s lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo, to desist from blackmailing government by whipping up tribal sentiments and fulfill the details of the law by providing the requested documents.

However, in another letter to Ambode, Omirhobo said apart from attending the meeting without their files on the matter, it was obvious that the representatives of the state government attended the meeting with the premeditated mind of making the meeting fail, as the request was strange to law and facts of the case.

He said: “It is preposterous and strange that your representatives could be asking for the Will of late Chief Michael Ololo or his letters of administration on the above schools, which for the past 39 years have not been in his control or in the control of his estate.”

Omirhobo, who attached minutes of several meetings held on the matter to his letter to the governor, said the issue of ownership of the schools had been resolved by the appropriate agencies of government, and that had the officials of the state properly studied the facts of the matter, such situation would not have arisen.