Community resists sale, private conversion of Isheri Grammar School
At a press briefing held on Sunday by the Isheri-Oke Citizens’ Council, residents claim there is a sinister attempt to convert Isheri Grammar School, the only public secondary school in the area, located along Bankole Street, Isheri-Oke, Ojodu Berger, for private use.
The school located in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA), presently serves several adjoining communities, which includes Isheri-Oke, Magodo, Olowora, Orisa, Agiliti, Berger, Ojodu, and Isheri-Olofin. Currently, there is an average of 60 to 80 pupils in a class.
Coordinator of the Isheri-Oke Citizen’s Council, Mr. Omokehinde Agbedina, said sometime last year, some individuals broke into the premises of the school, fenced about one acre of the premises, went ahead to break the outer fence and mounted an iron gate as an entrance to the carved out area from the school premises.
“Initially we thought maybe the state government wanted to use it for another public interest project, but to our surprise this is not the case. On further investigation, we discovered that some individuals in the name of government were perpetuating the act.
“Sadly to our dismay, the premises of the school is now being offered for sale by these elements, brandishing manipulated and forged documents that claims the school premises is a free land of Magodo Phase 1 scheme. The marketing of the school premises is done by Tunsco & Associate, a real estate agency company, on behalf of Infinity Plus Nigeria Limited.”
Some community leaders who confided in The Guardian, said their investigations revealed that the firm,
Infinity Plus Nigeria Limited, is owned by a former governor aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, who is a close political associate to the national leader of the party.
“Their ultimate aim is to influence the takeover of the entire school premises and convert it to a private residential estate for their selfish and personal gain. This act is not acceptable to us; it is inimical to common sense and the education advancement of our people and our community, it is a negation of our quest for socio-economic and political development of our community and people,” Agbedina noted.
“Education cannot be a luxury for the privileged few, it is a social and economic necessity that every common people, Isheri-Oke community inclusive, should be able to access; every young person with dreams and ambition should be able to acquire education. The idea of selling school premises and make education beyond the reach of the masses is not only anti-development, it is satanic,” Agbedina noted.