Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the re-opening of the Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun for academic activities with immediate effect.
It also set up visitation panels to the Osun State Colleges of Education at Ilesa and Ila-Orangun, Osun State Polytechnic Iree and Osun State College of Technology Esa-Oke.
Government, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Osun Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Sunday Olajide, said members of the visitation panels are men of proven integrity who had worked and acquired experiences over the years in various tertiary institutions.
Mr. Olajide noted that in government’s bid to restore discipline and morality at the institutions personnel audit exercises were carried out by the authorities of the four tertiary institutions.
The statement held that the reports of the visitation panels and the personnel audit teams submitted to government were thoroughly examined with particular reference to the various recommendations of the panels.
Olajide said, “The recommendations of the visitation panels and personnel audit team were reviewed by government and passed to the governing council of each of the tertiary institutions for implementation.
“At the point of implementation, the labour unions of the tertiary institutions complained of bitterness, animosity and deviation in the implementation of the reports.
“Mr. Governor, in his wisdom, forwarded the complaints/issues raised by the unions to the State House of Assembly and Some concerned and revered citizens in the State for consideration in the overall interest of the state.
“Thereafter, Mr. Governor held a joint meeting with members of the house of assembly committee on education, chairmen of the governing councils of the institutions and the concerned and revered citizens.”
Activities at the Osun College of Education came to a halt in August following a disagreement between the governing council, the school management and the workers union.
The union called for the removal of the chairman of the institution’s governing council on grounds of misappropriation of funds.
Members of staff accused the council of misappropriating, among others, N107 million disbursed for an amphitheatre which they said had been at its foundation stage for about three years.