The schools were considered not viable in the 80’s.
Three schools in Ogun State that were shut in the 80’s have been revamped by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools of Nigeria, ASUSS, Ogun State Chapter and handed over to the state government.
The union provided the school with desks and chairs for the students, staff rooms, and befitting principal and vice principal’s offices.
The union president, Tunde Folarin, in his speech, reminisced about how the schools were shut down between 1980 and 1985 because they were considered not viable.
He explained that the association deemed it right to revive the schools after considering the population of children in the communities. The association sought the state’s government consent and took it upon itself to restore the school.
The benefiting schools include Imodi-Ijasi Comprehensive High School, Moraika Community Comprehensive High School, and Ikangba Comprehensive High School, all in Odogbolu Local Government Area.
Mr. Folarin said that the union will extend such gesture to other local government areas as soon as such schools are identified.
The ASSUS boss urged the government to fast track the appointment of Principals, Vice-Principals, and Teachers for the revived secondary schools.
“No child should have her dreams deferred or crushed because of a crumbled schooling system. No family should have to set aside schooling of her wards for apprenticeship,” Mr. Folarin said.
Mr. Folarin called on the communities to ensure that the funding of the schools are not left to government alone but sustained through cooperation and communal funding.
The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Bukola Onabanjo, who represented the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said the union’s gesture is a dynamic achievement.
The governor asked the host communities to be friendly with the staff that will be posted to the schools and charged the students to focus on their studies.