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Oyo reopens schools as UCH beefs up security

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
26 October 2020   |   4:04 am
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, directed schools in the state to resume normal academic activities from today.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, directed schools in the state to resume normal academic activities from today.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who made this known in a statement, said the directive followed a review of the situation in Ibadan metropolis as the governor earlier promised in a statewide broadcast.

“Governor Makinde ordered the closure of schools in Ibadan metropolis on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, following the #EndSARS protests.

“He stated that the situation will be reviewed on Friday, October 23, 2020 and following the review, the state government observes that normalcy has returned to the state after the protests and, therefore, directed that schools should reopen,” the statement reads.

Governor Makinde commended the youth who, he said, had been cooperating with security operatives to maintain peace, while assuring them that their demands were being addressed.

BESIDES, the University College Hospital (UCH) has beefed up security around the institution to prevent possible attacks of #EndSARS protesters.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Toye Akinrinlola, disclosed this in a statement on behalf of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Jesse Otegbayo.

“Our attention has been drawn to plans by suspected hoodlums to attack the UCH, Ibadan. This is also as the Federal Ministry of Health has alerted all teaching hospitals, federal medical centres (FMCs), specialist hospitals and other tertiary hospitals in the country of plans to attack them.

“Consequently, the ministers have directed all CMDs and MDs to beef up security around their facilities. We are at UCH have taken steps to ensure the safety of lives and property within the hospital.

“The CMD called Governor Makinde to brief him on the development and the governor assured that adequate security measures will be put in place to protect the UCH and other health institutions in the state,” the statement added.

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