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Dilemma in Osun over Federal College of Education siting

Osun State since the approval by the federal government to establish six new federal colleges of education across the country has been faced with a series of arguments over the suitable location to have the institution within the State. The various federal constituencies and the constituent communities have began the political move towards the siting of the school in their respective towns. Osun State is home to a federal university, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Federal Government Girls College Ipetumodu and, Federal Science and Technical College, Ilesa. The four towns are out of the possible locations the new federal college of education may be sited but others have signified interest in the institution with various media briefings by the traditional rulers mostly the paramount ruler of Ila-Orangun and that of Iwo land.

The Orangun of Ila-Orangun recently came up with a position on the siting of the new institution urging the State government to merge the two colleges of education owned by the State, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa and Osun State College of Education Ila-Orangun, to a single campus at Ilesa thus siting the federal college of education on Ila-Orangun campus to allow for easy takeoff of the institution and to reduce the economic burden of running two colleges of education by the State government. The Osun State house of assembly is taking a drastic step to address the matter yet there is heavy political weight behind Ila-Orangun having the institution in the land unlike Iwo with few State actors in both State and federal positions.

Ila-Orangun is home to the first democratically elected governor since Nigeria return to democracy in 1999, Chief Bisi Akande, he was also the interim national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC). However, residents in Osun are of divergent views about the choice of Ila-Orangun for the new institution. Most youths in communities close to Iwo; Ikire, Gbongan, Ede and Ode-Omu are of the view that siting of the institution in Iwo will open business opportunities for youths and women in the region and subsequently boost the economy of the agrarian society.

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