•Ogun police chief appeals for a truce•
The employees of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State, have asked the Provost of the College, Dr Lukmon Adeola Kiadese to voluntarily resign his appointment as the college staff passed vote of no confidence on him.
This was made at the resolution of the Coalition Staff Union of the College (COTAS), headed by Mr Daniel Aborisade, while briefing Journalists the outcome of its meeting with the new Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP, Bashir Dabup Makama, held at College Auditorium and Degree Conference, Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State.
He said the CP had met with members of warring groups to cement a truce brokered engulfed the institution management for the last two and half years, noting that the coalition has resolved to ask the Provost to throw the towel as he could not handle the crisis of the institution.
He said that the brewing crisis started two and half years ago when the Provost resumed office with the promise to find lasting solutions to the crisis that engulfed the institution, which ranged from the unpaid salaries, salary arrears unremitted pension, cooperative deductions and promotion arrears.
While staging a walked protest to Area Command Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode, the coalition was chanting solidarity songs with placards with inscription ‘Police Is our Friends,’ ‘Kiadese Must go,’ ‘Enough Is Enough,” Dr Kiadese, It is time to Go,’ with many others, noting that the matter was internal wrangling that could be solved administratively.
Against the backdrop of sending police to arrest its members by the Provost, Aborisade asked the Nigerian Police to stay clear from the matter as the issue was between the Ogun State government, college’s Provost and the entire management, but demanding for the resignation of the Provost as he could not handle the institution’s matter.
“As you see all of us here today with peaceful demonstration and protest, nobody is after the Provost of the College, (Dr. Lukmon Adeola Kiadese) but it seems that the burden of the institution is beyond what he can solve and it is better for him to resign honourably instead of resulting it to rancour, chaos and maiming of our members,” Aborisade said
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP, Bashir Dabup Makama has appealed to both members to sheath their sword and allow peace to reign in the college for the betterment of the students and management both academic and non-academic staffs, noting that nothing to gain in crisis but enmity.
Makama said that it was good to press for their demand but they need to do it in peaceful atmosphere conditions, assuring them that no members of their Union would be arrested, molested or maim by any police officers under his purview in the state.