Students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree have cried out to the newly inaugurated Rector to reopen their institution for completion of the academic session.
The institution has been closed since June 3rd, 2019, following the death of an HND 1 student, Aminu Sheu, a student of Applied Chemistry who died at Ogo Oluwa Hospital on Friday, May 31st, 2019, hours after he collapsed in the examination hall.
It was said that Sheu was rushed to the Medical Centre but was not attended to, as the medical staff said they had closed for the day, so they were forced to take him to Ogo Oluwa Hospital where he gave up the ghost. The non-challant act of the medical staff infuriated the students and they set the Medical Centre ablaze. Ever since then, the institution has been shut down by the School Authority.
Due to the closure, the ongoing second semester exam in the school which started on Monday, May 27th, 2019 was suspended indefinitely. Hitherto, students from other states cannot go back to their homes because of fear of sudden resumption. “I can’t go home yet, what if I travel back home only to get informed that the school has been opened? Then I will spend money traveling back again? I only hope that the emergence of the new rector will lead to re-opening of the school.
“Our academic session has been placed on hold for the past one month. We ought to have resumed another session by now. Meanwhile, we’ve exhausted the feeding allowance for the session and survival has been so uneasy”, an HND I student told People & Politics.
Students however plead with the new Rector, Dr. Woye Olaniran, who took over from Dr. J.O. Agboola on Monday, July 1st, 2019 to foster their resumption so they can complete their exam and go home to their families.