Oyo State Government has ordered contractors to immediately stop construction work on the premises of Community Primary School, Ayepe, Egbeda Local Government Area and Methodist Primary School, Gangansi, Ona-Ara Local Government Area.
The construction work at both schools were allegedly being funded by an unnamed philanthropist.
A press statement by the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Thursday, said the order followed an inspection by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Nureni Adeniran, to schools in Egbeda and Ona-Ara Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.
The statement clarified that the philantrophist had embarked on the project of demolishing and reconstructing two schools without the knowledge of the Oyo State, thus, earning their disapproval.
Adeniran was quoted as saying that the state government was not averse to any philanthropist contributing his quota to the development of education in the state, but that the “Governor Seyi Makinde-led government would not condone any act of illegality and lawlessness or shunning laid down procedures in the State, no matter how highly placed.”
The chairman, who was accompanied by a team of management staff from the board, said, “We are not happy with what we observed here today (Thursday). There is a government in Oyo State and it is expected that anyone who would pull down the government’s properties or build on the government’s land, should first inform the government.
“Therefore, we have ordered the contractors handling the two projects to stop work immediately. The order is to enable them to follow the right procedure, then after that, they may continue.
“Oyo State Government is not averse to anybody supporting the government but due process must be followed. Oyo state is not a lawless society.”
He, therefore, appealed to politicians and philanthropists not to politicise educational service delivery in Oyo.
“I appeal to all and sundry not play politics with the education of our children. Let us take every right and genuine step in the development of our children’s lives and education,” he said.