By Amaka Abayomi
The Education Rights Campaign, ERC, has called on the management of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, Lagos State, to release the results and certificates of the degree students of the college, even as it demands that the Professor Olu Akeusola-led MOCPED administration be probed for mismanagement of funds.
This is coming as degree students of the institution, on Monday, embarked on a peaceful protest to demand for the immediate release of their results and certificates by the school administration.
MOCPED is an affiliate college of Ekiti State University and students can seek admission into MOCPED for degree programs that would bear EKSU’s certificate. Though there is a cost and responsibility sharing arrangement between both institutions, MOCPED must regularly compile students’ results and present same to EKSU Senate for approval.
According to ERC’s national Coordinator, Mr. Hassan Soweto, “unfortunately, since the degree programme started about eight years ago, MOCPED has not issued statements of results and certificates to any of the students who has completed this program and neither has any proceeded for the National Youth Service.
“This is because the authority of MOCPED is heavily indebted to EKSU and as a result, is unable to present students’ results to EKSU Senate for approval. This is in spite of the huge amount realised from the high tuition the degree students pay. We must put it on record that a similar degree program of EKSU is affiliated with Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) and there are no complaints about non-release of results or certificates.” Continuing, Soweto said: “This allegation of indebtedness raises pointed questions including whether or not student fees are not being mismanaged or embezzled by the Prof. Olu Akeusola-led administration of MOCPED. The best way to allay this fear is for the College administration to be probed and the ERC calls for an independent probe panel to be constituted and should include elected representatives of students union and staff unions of the college in order to ascertain how the college managed to default on payment to EKSU despite the huge amount degree students pay as tuition.”
The ERC called on the management of MOCPED to immediately release the final statements of results and certificates of all those who have completed EKSU’s degree program affiliated with the college as the situation has got to a stage where further refusal to release the results and certificates could warrant mass protests and demonstrations by the concerned students who have been patient for so long. The ERC also condemned the Lagos State Government, the owner of MOCPED, for failing to intervene in the crisis.