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Osun Students Threaten Protests Over Frequent Closure of Polytechnic

Students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, have raised concern over the fresh closure of the institution following the leadership crisis rocking the polytechnic.

The institution’s leadership crisis has sent students home for the second time since the controversy erupted in July.

Since the removal of the institution’s substantive rector, Tajudeen Odetayo and the appointment of his replacement, Kehinde Adeyemi, in an acting capacity, the staff and students of the school have continued to protest the government’s decision.

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The government, during the week, announced another two-week break following the return of Odetayo to the office after he was granted relief by the National Industrial Court (NIC) in Lagos.

The first closure lasted more than two weeks, from 24 July to 14 August and the government announced another two-week closure.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Osun State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee (JCJ) said it would embark on a peaceful protest should the state government fail to find a lasting solution to the problem on the campus as soon as possible.

The association issued a statement signed by its Chairman, Ogungbe Adedamola, and General Secretary, Afolabi Faruq.

The students described the disruption as unfair, saying it makes students victims of internal disagreements over the appointment of a rector or other administrative matters.

The union said should the government and school authorities fail to find a solution in the next few days, the students threaten a peaceful protest which it said would be confrontational.

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