Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola yesterday pleaded with a 91-year-old Madam Roseline Ololo to shelve her protest against the refusal of the state government to return her schools, Metropolitan College and Isolo Secondary School, to her.
Madam Ololo occupied the governor’s office with her belongings at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum given to the governor.
Madam Ololo, who was accompanied by her family and well wishers, had stormed Fashola’s office on Tuesday with cooking materials and mattress, but her lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo informed journalists that they received a call from the governor on their way to Alausa to shelve the protest.
“We were already on our way here when we received a call from the governor who asked us to shelve the planned protest and come for a meeting on Friday at the Ministry of Education,” he said.
According to Madam Ololo, the Metropolitan College was founded by her and her husband, late Chief Michael Ololo, in 1955, through their company, Akaix West Africa Limited.
She narrated that in 1976, through the Education, Private Secondary Institutions Special Provisions Law, the military government of Lagos State took over 48 private secondary schools from their owners, including Metropolitan College. In the process, Isolo Secondary School was carved out of Metropolitan College on the same expanse of land hosting the college.
Shortly after in 2001, the administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu repealed the law and returned the said 48 private schools to their owners, but Metropolitan College was curiously not returned, a development that brought about a law suit.
Akaix West Africa had sued the state government before the Lagos High Court to challenge the refusal of government to hand over the school to it.
The government, however, indicated willingness to amicably settle the dispute out of court, a development that led to the matter being referred to the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, LMDC, for arbitration.
At the arbitral sitting, the issues were narrowed down by parties that “the Metropolitan College comprising Isolo Secondary School belongs to Akaix West Africa Limited; Metropolitan College will be released to Akaix West Africa Limited.
But the Lagos State Ministry of Education is insisting on retaining part of the property hosting Isolo Secondary School, indicating that Akaix West Africa Limited should comply with the terms and conditions of the return of private secondary schools which implies that the Lagos State government, from time to time, would monitor the compliance by Akaix West Africa Limited.

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