Some concerned parents of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree have commended what they described as the magnanimity of the management of the institution on the reparation fee of N10,000 that students would pay before being allowed to resume.
This reparation fee was necessitated owing to the alleged destruction, vandalisation, arson and looting of the Institution’s property by the students recently.
The parents under the auspices of Vanguard for Good Parenting (VGP) said the decision of the authorities of the Institution to charge such a meagre amount is highly commendable and compassionate, considering the extent of damage done to the institution on 1st June, 2019, where the Polytechnic Health Centre was looted, vandalized and set ablaze, while the Polytechnic ambulance and a thirty-two seater bus were vandalized beyond repairs by the irate students.
The VGP led by its leader, Chief Michael Ogundaisi during a courtesy visit to the institution thanked the Acting Rector, Dr. Olaniran and other members of Management for their kind gesture, saying “initially we were expecting a charge of about thirty-five thousand naira (N35,000.00) only considering the huge damage done by the students and economic reality of the country”.
“We are also using this opportunity to enjoin and admonish the students to appreciate the compassionate gesture of the Management to have fixed that small amount of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) only as a reparation fee for the damage done” Chief Ogundaisi said.
While reacting to the gestures and concerns of the parents, the Acting Rector, who thanked the VGP for their forthrightness and concern said all hands were on deck to ensure that the students complete their suspended second semester examination and ensure that the Higher National Diploma (HND) Programme final year students go for their National Youth Service Corps promptly.
He admonished other students who had not complied with the process of their re-admittance into the institution to do so as many students had sworn an oath of good behavior in a competent court of criminal jurisdiction and had been paying the reparation fee in preparation for the Second Semester 2018/2019 Examination which would resume on Monday, 19th August, 2019.
It would be recalled that Osun State Polytechnic, Iree was closed down on Saturday, 1st June, 2019 following the death of a student who slumped and died during the conduct of the 2018/2019 Second Semester Examination consequent upon which students protested and destroyed institution’s properties worth million of naira.