Tai Solarin’s Widow Decries Take Over Of School


The widow of the late educationist and social critic, Dr. Tai Solarin, Madam Sheila Solarin, today appealed to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to return May Flower School, Ikenne, to her to ensure that the school can maintain its age-long reputation of academic excellence.

Addressing journalists this morning at the entrance of the school, Madam Solarin said she was disappointed by the governor’s attitude whom she accused of not keeping his earlier promise.

The 87-year old matriarch of the Tai Solarin family said: “When Governor Amosun paid me a visit on 22 July, he promised that he would hand over the school to me before the resumption for the new academic session today. I am disappointed in him for not keeping to that promise.

“Can we say the governor is deceiving an old woman? I use this medium to appeal to the governor to please, for the sake of God, fulfil his promise by returning the school to us. The school, which was formerly a pride of many of its old students, is now a mere shadow of its former self.

“Infrastructure have decayed, academic performance has fallen below average. The governor must act now.”

Mrs. Solarin was supported by her daughter, Corin, who is the proprietress of the school, Mrs. Sobo Solarin, wife of a former chairman, Ikenne Local Government, Dr. Wole Omole, Chairman of May Flower Old Students Association (the ex-Mays) and over 20 alumni of the school.

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All the people with her expressed their support for the hand over of the school to the original proprietors so that their alma mater can be brought back to glory from its present state of decay.

May Flower School was taken over by the state several years back. The Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration in the state promised to return the school to its original owners by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the owners.

However, speaking with P.M.NEWS recently, Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Barrister John Olusegun Odubela, said the MOU was illegal as there is a subsisting law on take over of schools which the MOU could not supercede.

Odubela said the matter of taking over of mission schools by the previous military administration was a matter of litigation before the court.

—Abiodun Onafuye/Ikenne


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