Ife riot: Osun dismisses culprits, reopens schools

Ooni of Ife, Oba-Ogunwusi after coronationOsogbo—Osun State  government yesterday announced immediate reopening of four secondary schools in Ile Ife metropolis namely; Oduduwa High School, St. Davids High School, St Johns High School and Seven Day Adventist High School.

The schools were closed four months ago following violent demonstration by some students of the institutions leading to destructions of public properties worth millions of naira.

The government also announced dismissal of those students found culpable in the rampage which led to the wanton destruction of government properties in the four schools and the Osun-owned Broadcasting Corporation (Orisun F.M) Ile Ife.

Some public school students had last year protested non-payment of their WAEC fees by government and attacked the broadcasting station.

Seven of the protesters were later arrested and arraigned before a magistrate court. While two of them were remanded in prison custody others were taken to a corrective centre in Osogbo.

Disclosing its decision on the schools in a press statement issued by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Festus Olajide in Osogbo, the government explained it took the decision after various meetings held with the ANCOPSS, Teachers and parents of students of the affected schools.

Meantime, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has advocated for cultural tourism to serve as an alternative source of revenue in the face of the dwindling oil price and economic challenges facing the country.

Oba Adeyeye who spoke in Owo area of Ondo State said when properly accessed, it can be used to create wealth, empower the people and generate employment.

He pointed out that Nigeria is blessed with many tourist attraction which have been suffering from neglect.

According to him investing in this sector will further showcase the cultural heritage of the country to the world and will also boost the country’s GDP.


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