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TASCE Crisis: NANS Calls Ogun Govt To Implement Panel's Report


The NANS National PRO, Adeyemi Azeez (middle) flanked by Ogun NANS Chairman and other executive members at a Press Conference in Abk
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ABEOKUTA - Following the crises rocking the Tai Solarin College of Education  (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State, the  National Association of Nigerian Students  (NANS) has called on the state government  to as a matter of urgency implement the Visitation Panel's report. 

This, according to NANS, would save the institution from total collapse as well as restore peace and tranquility on the campus. 

Speaking at a Press Conference in Abeokuta, the state capital on Monday, the NANS National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Azeez Adeyemi said that investigation carried out by the NANS revealed that staffers of the institution have interior motive apart from the owing of salaries by the past administration in the state which led to the closure of the school. 

He added that, any member of Coalition of TASCE Academic Staffs (COTAS)  found guilty  of disrupting the peace in the College should be punished and summoned to write an undertaken.  

Adeyemi stated that the school management should be empowered to conduct  the orientation and matriculation within the next 48 hours and examination should be as well be conducted starting from next week Monday.  

"Government should immediately implement the visitation panel report. It is obvious  that the struggle of the COTAS is far beyond that of a progressive minded staff and not in the interest  of the students not for the collection of their salary,  obviously the struggle has been infiltrated and geared to a hidden motive"

It would be recalled that the past administration under Senator Ibikunle Amosun owed the staffs of TASCE over 48 months salary arrears and the present government has set up a committee to oversee the issues.  

He said,  "we then approached the government and we were made to understand that a committee has been set up and the report has subsequently been submitted to the government two weeks ago. 

"After the submission of the report,  the COTA met the state government and agreed that if two months salary is paid they will allow for smooth running of the institution till when the government shall come up with modalities of paying the rest salaries" he said.  

However,  the salary crisis has hindered the Institution from conducting matriculation for few years and as a result,  the students appeal to the management to allow the September 16 date of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to conduct matriculation for new students, as this will avoid deaccrreditation of the Institution.

In his own statement,  the State Chairman of NANS, Tomiwa Bamgbose,  pleaded with the staffs to embrace peace because the state government has shown readiness to pay the owed salaries. 

Meanwhile, the TASCE Students' Union President, Azeez Qazeem, pleaded with the state government to ensure a lasting solution to the crisis on ground. 

"we don't want a temporary solution but a permanent be that will last forever,  also today we want to hold student's orientation but the staffs disrupt it,  so we don't want this to happen again,  we want the state government to help find solution as soon as possible" he said.

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