By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—OVER 200 students of Christian Mission School for the Deaf, yesterday, called on Federal Government to prevail on the Oyo State Government to release part of their land it usurped along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Describing the outgoing governor, Abiola Ajimobi as a listening leader, the hapless students led by their Supervisor, Mr. Peter Obadare said they remain optimistic that the governor could still have a rethink on the decision of his government to take over the land which they said is meant for the establishment of the first University for the deaf in Africa.
The management of the school which is located at Onireke GRA, Ibadan with preparatory, Nursery, Primary and vocational centre, said it has helped reduced destitute on the streets by training over 3,000 students so far.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Christian Mission School for the Deaf, Elder Silas Eke; Mr. Solomon Fasanya, Technical Supervisor for Andrew Foster Christian Mission, Johnson Olalekan, Principal of the school, Mr Peter Obadare, Supervisor for the school as well as Sulaiman Shuaib, Health Prefect and other students of the school pleaded with the state government in March this year to consider their disabilities and pity them.
They said: “We have produced many deaf graduates who are doing very well in their chosen careers; many of them are in the universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria and outside the country.
“We call on the Federal Government to help us plead with Oyo State Government to release our land for us. If we are not on the streets begging for alms but have chosen to labour this far to get this kind of land, the government should encourage us not to worsen our plight.”