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A traditional ruler in Ogun state, the Olu of Isiun in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state, Oba Lawrence Odeyinka has reported to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun the menace of land grabbers in the area .
The monarch complained that some land grabbers have stopped the resuscitation of a 35-year-old secondary school in the area by suspected land grabbers .
The monarch who spoke with newsmen on Thursday said the school, Isiun High School was built in 1980 by the then governor of the State, late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo but was shut down by the then military administration in 1986 .
Oba Odeyinka said the closure of the school had made the pupils in the area to travel far to get secondary school education .
He said only children whose parents could afford the transport fare attended the schools in another commujity while those whose parents could not afford transport fares had to either drop out or stay home
The monarch however disclosed that as part of activities to mark his 70 years birthday, he decided to renovate and resuscitate the school .
But, he lamented that land grabbersin the area have not only encroached into the premises of the government school, they have stopped renovation work on the school .
The monarch however begged the state government to intervene and help them get the school running again ,saying, this would help children in the community attend the school the more
He said “We have a secondary school here in Isiun , a grammar school, it was built during the years of late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, a former Governor of Ogun State, in 1980, it was locked during the years of Diya in 1986.
“The town began to grow and our children began to attend schools the more, they started attending Owode High School, Egba Owode grammar school, they were attending, Orillegbole Grammar school, those that their parents could not afford transport fares stooped going to school.
“Those that are going, some were injured by motorcycle accidents which resulted in some of them breaking their legs.
“Some girls were being taken advantage of and being impregnated.
“When the town is about to celebrate its 70 years birthday, we decided that we should not just celebrate our birthday alone, we should adopt the school and renovate it.
“Indigenes of the town in diaspora are already donating for the project including those in Nigeria, the government has come to inspect,l it. We then decide to erect a sign board to create awareness for the school .
“The sign board that has been there for months has been removed, those we suspect are those that have been building houses on that land, as we have been trying to talk to them for a while but they seem not to want to yield.