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Group urges Obaseki to re-open closed secondary school

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By Francis Ogbuagu, Benin City

A civil society group, Talakawa Parliament, has slammed Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki over the closure of a section of New Era College reconstructed by ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole administration.

The group said students had, therefore, been denied access to the facility since it was commissioned on November 7, 2016 and renamed after late Brig-General Samuel Ogbemudia, former governor of old Bendel state.

Speaker of Talakawa Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, led a protest march to the state ministry of education in Benin City where he handed out a one-week ultimatum for the reopening of the facility.

Edokpayi vowed that the protest would be sustained at the expiration of the ultimatum if the issue was not addressed.

He described the recent Best Governor 2019 award conferred on the governor in Abuja by the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) as undeserving.

The speaker alleged that the “abandoned” facility had become a hideout for criminal activities.

According to him, “we have the capacity to demand for accountability in governance. We are here to send a clear message to the governor that power is transient and he should deploy it wisely.

“Education is a veritable weapon to liberate the human society from mental slavery”, he said.

Edokpayi further wondered why government officials in the state “live in affluence, send their children to school abroad and make children of the downtrodden whose parents and guardians pay taxes to suffer unduly”.

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