Hundreds of student leaders and youths in Ila Orangun, Osun State have reported protesting the establishment of the approved Federal College of Education in Iwo.
Armed with leaves and placards bearing varying inscriptions, the protesters stormed the residence of a former Governor of the Sate, Chief Bisi Akande and the palace of their traditional ruler, the Orangun of Ila, and demanded that the institution be located to Ila.
They also besieged the residence of a member of House of Representatives representing Ila/Boluwaduro/Ifedayo Federal Constituency in Osun State, Hon. Femi Fakaye in protest against the reported approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the location of the school in Iwo.
The protesting youths and students defiled the physical distance measures to express their displeasure on why the Federal College of Education was not zoned to Ila Orangun.
While chanting songs to drive home their points, the protesters stormed the major roads leading Orangun Palace, Bisi Akande residence, and many other places.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Orangun Wake Up”, “Enough Is Enough”, ” No More Bisi Akande And Orangun In Ila”, “Give Us Our Right” among others.
Some thugs allegedly attacked and damaged the car of a notable political stakeholder in the town, Hon. Abdullateef Adebisi.
Comrade Adewuyi Adewale, the National President of Ila Orangun Students Association (INSA) who led the protest said: “We, the Youths and Student Leaders protested today in Ila Orangun to inform the political stakeholders in the town and the Orangun of Ila that we are not happy with the allocation of Federal College of Education to Iwo. We want it to be in Ila Orangun. The town deserves it a lot.
” We went to the residence of Hon. Fakeye, we were told he is not around. We stormed the residence of Chief Bisi Akande, we were also he is not around.
“We were told the news of allocation of the College to Iwo is not yet ascertain. Either it is true or not, all we want is that the allocation of Federal College of Education should be in Ila Orangun.
” We will write to the Commissioner of Police and many other stakeholders on this our stand. The Federal College of Education must be allocated to Ila Orangun not Iwo land.”
Meanwhile, our findings revealed that the Federal College of Education to Osun State has been approved to be sitted in Iwo by the president, Mohammad Buhari. We were further informed that the federal ministry of education as at last month sent letters of approval for the establishment of the colleges and notification for the site’s inspection to the concerned six state governors which its commencement dated May 11, 2020.