The Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has ordered the reopening of three tertiary institutions in Ijeshaland.
The institutions, the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa; the School of Health Technology, Ilesa; and the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, were shut down by the state government on March 18 aftermath of the students’ violent protest against the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC.)
The schools are to commence immediate academic activities.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina, the governor decided to reopen the institutions after “due consultations with stakeholders – heads of the affected institutions, parents and the leadership of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).”
According to the statement, the parties agreed that peace should continue to reign and that the students will henceforth behave in line with the Omoluabi ethos which the State of Osun is noted for.
The statement read in part: “The restoration of electricity supply in Ijesaland has commenced. It will soon get to all the communities. Governor Oyetola, therefore, advised the students to desist from taking the law into their hands and to exploit legitimate channels to pursue their grievances.
He also warned that the government would not tolerate any resort to violence in expression of any grievances.”