The Ila Orangun Community in Osun State has appealed to the state Government not to convert the only tertiary institution in the town, the state College of Education to technical school.
The Secretary of the community, Mr. Yemi Adeoye, said this when students of the institution protested to the palace of Orangun of Ila on Monday, adding that residents of the town had resolved that the status of the college should be allowed to remain.
He said, ” It is our humble submission that the present state government is being requested not to change the College of Education at Ila to that of primary and technical education and continuous education centre.”
The state government had earlier resolved that it would merge the college with the one in Ilesa but on Monday Ila community joined forces with the students to reject the arrangement.
According to Adeoye, the restructuring will lead to reduction of academic programmes and population of the institution which was established in 1979.
He said that the merger would affect the economy of the town whose residents depended on the college with 15,000 students for their source of income.
“The status quo should please be allowed to remain. This is very important because of posterity and the generation yet unborn. The blood of Marty, Adepeju Oyedotun whose untimely death precipitated the birth of the college is crying in support of Ila Orangun community,” he said.