24th February, 2012
The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Alhaji Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka has faulted the decision of the Ogun State government to scrap the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.
Speaking with our correspondent at our corporate office in Lagos, the former deputy governor of Ogun State described the decision as dictatorial and inhuman, adding that he has sued the state government over the decision.
According to ASK, as he is fondly called by his supporters, ”I was not consulted before the decision was taken likewise other stakeholders in the state. Any government that feels that whatever it does is what pleases its people and not what its people wanted or asked for, such government is not representing its people well and this is what is happening in my state concerning the scrapping of TASUED.
“Ogun state is known for education, that is our business in this state. Why would a government now decide to turn our joy to sorrow? If the government cannot fund them, it should call on the people.
Philanthropists have been contributing over 40% to the funding of some tertiary institutions in the state. We should try to encourage them rather than discourage them.”
The Ijebu Igbo-born politician further stated, ”those who have been spending their hard earned money to support education by building structures in all these institutions would not be happy because if you call them again, they will not listen to you. These are all what I summed up together that made me to challenge the matter in a court of law because many people would be affected as the labour market will be flooded again.”
Kaka maintained that the state government’s decision is to punish the poor that still have succour at TASUED, saying that the scrapping of the institution is not accepted by many in the state.
”Few weeks ago, the Federal Government gave licenses to five private universities. Two out of them are in Ogun State. The excuse that we are having many institutions in the state should not arise because many people are still going to establish more universities in the state as education is a priority in the state.
“Our fathers like Awolowo, Tai Solarin, Beko Ransome-Kuti, Awokoya, Sanni and the like had done so much in education including Wole Soyinka who is still alive. We should not do anything to jeopardise their legacies rather we should strive to surpass their feat,” Kaka advised.
The state government had announced the scrapping of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun and renamed it Institute of Education affiliated to Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago Iwoye.
The decision resulted in the suspension of academic activities in the school since then. It even claimed a casualty as one of the students identified as Humble Teejay died in a ghastly auto accident when the students were going to Abeokuta to protest the decision of the state government.
—Abiodun Onafuye, Lagos