‘Do Not Repay Iseyin With Ungratefulness’ I.D.U Ibadan Reacts
The Ibadan branch of Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U) has reacted to the protest by the indigenes of Ogbomoso who are students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) over the planned commencement of the University’s College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resource at Iseyin, saying the action showed that some politicians were behind the protest.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday after the monthly meeting of the union at Akobo, Ibadan, the body said the students were only being used as pawns by some faceless elders who are embittered that the State government is working hard to develop every region of the State.
The statement which was signed by the I.D.U Ibadan branch Chairman, Alhaji Kayode Alaka, noted that Iseyin has always been support of every developmental issue that had to do with Ogbomoso land and its people, “do they even know that the University is owned by every community in Oyo State? Do they know that Iseyin people contributed money for its establishment? Ogbomoso was just lucky to be the location of the institution and since it was announced by the military government then, we accept the decision and gave all our supports towards its growth till date.
“One will then wonder why some students will be used to fight for a wrong cause when you know that the establishment of the College in Iseyin will not in any way affect the status of the main campus, nor affect the commercial prosperity of Ogbomoso as a community.
“If they do not know, we need to remind them that issuing a Press Statement, opposing the commencement of the College is very wrong, not to talk of trying to turn the people of Ogbomoso against Iseyin people through their Ill-conceived protest that failed to serve the evil purpose, they should desist henceforth,” the body warned.
I.D.U also used the medium to commend the State government, under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, for not relenting in spreading development across the State, saying that the College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources of LAUTECH will not only develop Iseyin, but the entire Oke-Ogun region that relies upon agriculture as their mainstay.
A recent report indicated that the College will commence academic activities in May, which has led to frantic preparations by the community leaders in Iseyin to make accommodation and other inputs available for a smooth takeoff of the campus.