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OGUN STATE: Panel On TASCE Submits Report, Calls For The Reopening Of School, Audit Of Staff.

Dapo Abiodun with the panel members.

The Visitation Panel set up by the Ogun State government to look into issues surrounding crisis at the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu has recommended the urgent and full implementation of recommendations of the 2016 staff audit report as some of the issues confronting the institution had been resolved by the report.

The Chairman of the panel, Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun stated this when the panel submitted it's reports and 33 recommendations to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Prof. Balogun who described the situation at the institution as a "complete mess", said the audit report had dealt with the case of those who disturbed the peace of the school and had recommended that eight people should be investigated as result of their involvement in many atrocities against the institution.

The panel according to the Chairman, recommended also that for "peace to reign in the campus of the College, activities of Coalition of Tai Solarin College of Education Staff (COTAS), which is unregistered and unrecognized association be stopped, while the ban on activities of recognized unions be lifted". 

He said it was imperative for the State government to reopen the institution in order not to loose it license and accreditation while it’s Governing Council should be reconstituted, to avoid the state of anarchy and further damage.

While thanking the State government for giving members of the panel the opportunity to serve the State, Prof. Balogun urged government to endeavor to pay three months salary to the staff, adding that the five recommendations were the immediate solutions to the problems and the rest for short and long time Solutions.

Receiving the report, Governor Abiodun said government could not afford toying with the College as doing so would mean playing with the future of our youths of the State who crave for quality education.

"Government will look into the five content ones and decide on them. I want to assure you that we will look into all the 33 recommendations and make our decision", he noted.

Prince Abiodun commended members of the panel for demonstrating high degree of commitment, responsibility and patriotism by completing their assignment a week ahead.

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