About 7,000 prospective students seeking for admission into Osun State-owned tertiary institutions, under the aegis of the Concerned Applicants, CA, have called on the management of the affected institutions to urgently refund their money or face the wrath of the law.
The potential applicants also urged the state government to expedite action on the matter before it gets out of hand.
The 4 tertiary institutions are Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, College of Education, Ilesa and College of Technology, Esa-Oke.
Thousands of applicants were said to have obtained admission forms as far back as June 2015, aimed at enrolling into various institutions of their choice among the four tertiary institutions but their hopes were dashed when the school managements suddenly announced the cancellation of the admission for year 2015/2016 on the heels of the instruction given to them by the state government.
The Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had earlier instructed the school managements to shelve admission for the next academic session over what he described as general restructuring as well as dwindling economy predicament of the state.
Speaking with Nigerian Pilot in Osogbo, the state capital on behalf of the prospective students in an open letter addressed to the managements of the state owned tertiary institutions and Osun state government, Comrade Biola Oyeniyi, lamented the hard stance of the state government on the issue and demanded for the refund of their money without further delay.
Oyeniyi who condemned in its entirety the decision of the state government and the school authority to stop their admission after collecting their money, threatened to fight the cause in accordance with the constitution.
He called on the National Board for Technical Education and the Governing Council of those institutions to prevail on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to correct the abnormality in the process of last admission exercise which prevented prospective applicants from gaining admission this year.
According to him, “We shall resist any attempt to bully us because we know the schools have been removed from the JAMB already, therefore, our money must be refunded or they should be ready to face a legal battle”.
Oyeniyi accused the school managements of short-changing them, describing the action as uncalled for, unconstitutional and injustice. He said “the management and governing councils of these institutions could not even think twice in its plan to rob and short-change these innocent applicants of their right to admission.
“It is more than 7months now that these schools have collected our money as high as N10,500 for HND applicants and nothing less than N4000 from their UTME counterpart without a hope of conducting screening not to talk of giving us admission, there is no doubt that some of these people have seek admission elsewhere while some are helpless due to financial constraints.
“If the total sum of money realized by the management of these so called institution is calculated, it will be counting in nearest billions, we care less to know where the money is going, whether to the state pulse or to the management belly, all we are agitating for is our right to admission or better still return our money with its accrued interest.
“In an attempt to formalize and finalize their fraudulent acts, there was a rumour circulating in the public that the management of these schools has concluded plan to organize a kangaroo admission which will be in part time format.
“We the concern applicants are now using this medium to sound a notice of warning to the ears of the management and all bodies involved that we do not applied for a part time program, any attempt to change our direction and jeopardize our academic life with an admission that was not regularize by the regulating body (JAMB) will be fully antagonized and wage war against”.
Lamenting the worrisome state of education as a result of the merger and restructuring palaver ongoing in the state, Oyeniyi said “the blind, the deaf, the crippled, the privileged, the lesser privileged, the gullible and even the political gladiators in the state of Osun knew quite alright that the effort of the founding fathers of the education sector of the state is not only in comatose but also dead”.

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