Alumni Association of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, has advised the state government against merging the college with any other institution, warning that the move might have untold consequences.
National President of the association, Mr. Ayobami Fakeye, gave the warning yesterday during a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, press centre, Osogbo.
According to the association, the state government is planning to merge the college with the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa.
“Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Alumni Association hereby condemn in its entirety the purported plan by the Osun State Government to merge the college with the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa.’’
They noted that about 15,000 students are presently studying in the institution, maintaining that the move would deny them of their education, while 379 staff would be rendered jobless.
The association also expressed lack of trust in the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, noting that his actions in the past had justified their claims.
They recalled that the demolition of Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo, and the single uniform for all students and pupils in the state primary and secondary schools started as a rumour before the state government implemented it, the association added that, “we do not want to assume that the purported move by the Osun State Government to merge the colleges is a mere rumour.
“The Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, is a good legacy inherited by the state government, if it cannot add to the development of the state, it should not destroy what citizens see as their pride,” the association stated.


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