Government re-opens secondary schools

Widespread protest by secondary school students in Oyo led to the destruction of government property, according to the Commissioner of Information in the state.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

According to reports, the students violently protested against Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s Public-Private partnership policy on education.

This led to the shut-down of secondary schools in the state following the damaging of state property.

Toye Arulogun, the Commissioner of Information in the state gave a statement about the decision of the government.

Arulogun said the students damaged “government property and those of individuals and corporate bodies by students and teachers of some schools in Oyo State.

“This violent activity threatened the peace and security of the state and endangered the lives of the students who participated in this breach of peace and affront on constituted authority.

“Consequently, the Oyo State Government was constrained to shut down public schools throughout the State to safeguard the lives of the students and protect the lives and property of the citizenry; a decision that was taken in the line of its primary duty of ensuring peace and safety in the state.

“Following several representations by the Parents Teachers Association, Community Leaders, Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, Prominent and well meaning Nigerians at home and abroad, the Oyo State Government has decided to reopen public schools in the State with effect from Monday 11th July 2016", he said.

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