Protest: Osun Assembly Assures Students Of Intervention

The State of Osun House of Assembly has assured students of the State College of Health Technology, Ilesha of its intervention to resolve the crisis in the College.

Speaker of the State Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam gave the assurance while addressing the protesting students of the college at the premises of the Assembly Complex in Osogbo.

Salaam who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Akintunde Adegboye assured the protesting students that the house would take necessary intervention to curtail the challenges in the school.

He assured the students that the house will look into their problems through its Committee on education and Health.

According to him, “We will go back now to see into your request because you are our glory and we will treat you well. We commend you for the peaceful protest you embarked upon to register your grievances,” he added.

However, in his remarks the Chairman House Committee on Health, Hon Leke Ogunsola commended the students for their position on the situation of infrastructure in the school.

He assured the students that their entire request will be looked into and the position of the house would be communicated to them at the appropriate time.

He said, “all these request will be looked into and we will deliberate on all the issues during our meeting.”

Earlier, the president of Students Union Government (SUG), Comrade Musliu Babatunde who led the student to the Assembly said they came as a result of some problems in the College of Health Technology Ilesa.

He said, “we are facing a lot of problems especially in our college, especially in the area of poor infrastructures, Health centre and accreditation of courses”.

In his contribution, the State Chapter, President of the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS), Comrade Muftaudeen Saheed said some of their courses in the college are not yet accredited and this has been hindering them from furthering in those courses.

According to him, “some of our students have undergone four to five years courses that are not yet accredited”.

The students’ leader later handed over their requests to the lawmakers for consideration.

UPDATE: Normalcy Returns To Ikire After Protest

Normalcy has been restored to the popular Ikire Junction in the State of Osun after an early morning disturbance by some hoodlums who appeared to join the APC protest over the list of councillorship candidates for January’s Local Government in the state.

The state police command says they are on the trail of anyone who capitalizes on the protest to breakdown law and order in the area.

Recalled that the former executive secretary in the area, Mr Soji Ajayi was allegedly said to be behind the protest because he lost out in the party’s primaries after five years in the office

OSUN DEFENDER had earlier reported that the police sources were at the scene of the protest and blocked roads have since been reopened for the commuters

Osun Govt Denies Increment In Tuition Fee

Osun Government Denies Increasing Tuition Fees

The State Government of Osun has called on students in the state owned higher institutions to handle their reservations on the increase in some fees payable in their institutions with maturity, sense of responsibility and reality of the situation at hand.

A statement by Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy restated that government has not increased the tuition fees reduced by Governor Rauf Aregbesola in 2011.

According to the statement, the state government has not authorized any increment in tuition fees in its higher institutions as only ancillary fees were increased by authorities of the said institutions based on considerations.

The commissioner noted that the government is committed to maintaining status quo with the fees reduced six years ago.

The statement said “As at today, the tuition fees of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke remain N25, 000 while that of Osun state College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun is still N20, 000.”

“It is pertinent to remind the people that the Aregbesola government, at its inception and without being persuaded in 2011 reduced the tuition fees of all the state owned tertiary institutions from N45, 000 to N25, 000. Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees.”

Baderinwa said “Government wishes to state that the managements of the tertiary institutions are at liberty to fix extraneous fees and are responsible for its regulations; it insists that tuition fees are yet to be increased.”

“Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola reiterates its commitment to promoting functional and affordable education, the manifestation of which is the improvement in the standard of education in the state.

The State Government however called on the students to be peaceful and orderly in their protest and not allow it to be hijacked by miscreants and political jobbers who are looking for such avenue to unleash unpleasant experiences on the people.

I’m Not Nigeria’s Problem, Tuface Tells Charly Boy

African Queen crooner and music mogul, Tuface Idibia, has reacted to a call out by Charly Boy, saying “The only thing I have to say about the protest is that I am not Nigeria’s problem. I don’t understand why Charly Boy is calling me out. He should talk to the people that are Nigeria’s problem. That is all I have to say about that,” he said’.

Recall Charly Boy had called on his fellow celebrities to join him in the recent protest he masterminded in Abuja. Tuface Idibia who had earlier organised a protest that was cancelled last minute was among the people that didn’t join him in the protest and Charly Boy called him out on his instagram page shortly after.

Charly Boy Almost Lynched In Abuja’s Biggest Market

Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, who has been leading a campaign for the return or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been attacked. Charly boy who is one of the founders of “Our Mumu Don Do” group has lead protesters to Abuja to request the president returned to the country or resigned.

Charly Boy was attacked in Wuse Market by angry protesters who are believed to be supporters of the president. Wuse Market is Abuja’s largest market and is dominated by northerners who support President Buhari.

“Charly Boy came to this market with some cameramen doing his protest here. I was standing in front of my shop when I saw him running for his dear life, being chased by those youth,” a trader at the market said.

“They nearly lynched him, because those youth almost overpowered police security near him.”

The musician was rescued by security operatives who fired gunshots and tear-gas to disperse the crowd.




Photos: Low Turnout Mars Anti-Aregbesola Protest, As Hired Hands Abscond

Low turnout of hired hands today marred the so-called anti-Aregbesola protest that held at the gates of the national assembly today.

As early as 8am, the protesters who initially numbered around 20 reduced to as low as 10, with many of them running away moments after it started. Precisely, thirty minutes into the protest, many of the hired hands began to abscond without collecting agreed fees.

Recall the Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC) yesterday described as political and insincere, the planned rally of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun.

OCSC, in a press statement by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Ibrahim on Monday said that the proposed rally was being sponsored by the opposition party to destabilize the state.

Ibrahim accused a sitting judge of the Osun state High Court, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi of mobilizing members of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun state for the protest.

According to Ibrahim: “The Chairman of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun state, Mr Adeniyi Sulaimon, Director Media and Publicity of the group, Mr Seun Adeoye, Mr Olukanni Yemi Oyedeji and other members of the group were brought by Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede as witnesses at the National Judicial Council (NJC) headquarters in Abuja on Monday for her defence against the petition written to the NJC by the Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC) on her petition against Aregbesola.

Osun Defender reporter who was at the scene gathered that one of the lead operative of the protest syndicate, one Seun Adeoye adorned in cassock and a black suit, called for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

When pressed on what exactly the EFCC should investigate, the operative gave an nebulous answer.

According to Osun Defender who covered the protest, the obscure demonstrators were largely ignored by passers-by, although, there was an AIT correspondent who interviewed their leader and after which money changed hands.
The correspondent was seen liaising with one of the protesters Alimi Adeniyi, who also claimed to be their leader.
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