|The nonagenarian, Mrs. Roseline Ololo|
A 91-year-old woman has threatened to occupy the Lagos State Governor’s office if the Metropolitan College and Isolo Secondary School are not returned to her within seven days.
The nonagenarian, Mrs. Roseline Ololo, gave the warning through a statement issued by her lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo, Monday [May 11]. She vowed to permanently occupy Governor Babatunde Fashola’s office until her requests were met.
The woman with her late husband, Chief Michael Ololo founded the college in 1955 through their firm, Akaix West Africa Limited. But the school was taken from them in 1976, following the military’s Education (Private Secondary Institutions Special Provisions) Law, which saw 48 private secondary schools collected from their owners in Lagos.
Subsequently, the Isolo Secondary School was established on the same premises as the Metropolitan College. But in 2001, the government of former Governor Bola Tinubu repealed the law and returned the affected schools to their owners, including Metropolitan College, after reaching an agreement with the founders at an Arbitration Court.
However, trouble allegedly started as a result of the insistence of the state’s Ministry of Education, to retain the Isolo Secondary School. Akaix West Africa had contended that the retention of part of the school was against government’s restructuring of the educational system of divesting and allowing the private sector invest in the educational system, to provide the conditions in which students can learn to the highest standard and prepare themselves to meet their future needs.
Following this disagreement, the woman was said to have earlier written a letter to Fashola, urging him to present the matter before the state executive council meeting for deliberation. Feeling that the governor has not yielded to their request, the nonagenarian said she has decided she would take her destiny in her hands by lawfully occupying the governor’s office in protest against the undue delay in the return of her school.
“My client desperately wants her school to be given to her in her lifetime because the school is the family legacy. Mama and her late husband worked hard to build the school and they cannot sit back and watch when the other schools have since been returned to their owners. We don’t have any problem in terms of running the school effectively and efficiently. We are capable and we have agreed that we should be sanctioned if we don’t run the school properly. So, there is really no reason for the delay in returning everything to us,” the lawyer stressed.
- THE NATION