Headmistress in trouble for leasing school to block layers

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The Head Mistress of the Community Basic School, at Ologuneru area of Ibadan, Mrs Felicia Funmilayo Ogunrinde may have landed in trouble for leasing the school premises to block layers.

This is following a visit by officials of the Oyo State government to the school situated at Agbopa-Akufo farm settlement in Ido Local Government of the state.

Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Nureini Adeniran who led the team during the visit expressed zero-tolerance against the “unlawful occupation and operation on the premises” of state-owned schools.

He vowed to bring to justice about eight (8) persons arrested for illegally operating the block making industry in the premises of the school.

The arrest was sequel to enforcement and monitoring exercise conducted by the Oyo SUBEB, aimed at protecting public school facilities and infrastructure during this COVID-19 stay-at-home period for pupils.

EduCeleb.com understands that buildings in the school were recently completed under the FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention project.

Speaking during the monitoring exercise, Dr Adeniran expressed displeasure at the level of impunity the team met at the school, which he noted would not go unpunished.

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The Chairman noted that the “invasion” has constituted great security risk to the school, adding that classrooms, toilets and borehole erected in the school have been destroyed by the owners of the block making industry.

“In fact, they have turned one of our classrooms into a bedroom, with their personal belongings scattered around the school,” he added.

Adeniran added, “in some locations, these illegal operators and invaders have taken over some of our public schools, despite the fact that these schools are fenced round. They forcefully break in, destroy government properties and create nuisance on government schools across the state”.

According to him, the 8 illegal business operators arrested would be taken to court and would be prosecuted according to the full extent of the law. This, he said, would serve as deterrent to others perpetrating such act.

A section of the premises was used for moulding block and another section for arranging blocks on. It was revealed that they started using the land since the novel Coronavirus started ravaging the State.

Sources said that Mrs Ogunrinde allegedly connived with a certain Engr. Seun Elegbede who works with a constructing firm, First Tropics Constructions & Multipurpose Nigeria Ltd., and leased premises of the School to a block making industry.

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Describing the act as the height of lawlessness, Dr Adeniran vowed that the State Government would ensure Ogunrinde, who at the time of filing this report was not reachable would also face full disciplinary actions according to the full extent of the law.

“Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has zero tolerance for this kind of lawlessness and impunity. The school belongs to Oyo State Government and there are no questions about that. So then, one wonders what kind of effrontery made them establish an illegal business on government’s property,” he said.

He also maintained that the business had no legal right to the land, not to talk of putting a block making industry on the premises of a school.

The monitoring exercise is expected to continue into other parts of the State in the coming weeks, until resumption of schools.

He therefore called on group of individuals to desist from disrespecting Government or forcefully gaining entrance into Public schools for business purposes, saying if caught they would face the full wrath of the law.

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