In what could be described as a rare sight, six masqueraders led other protesters in Esa-Oke, Obokun Local Government of Osun State to protest the proposed merger of tertiary institutions by the state government.
It had been rumoured in host communities of the institutions – the State Polytechnic, Ikire, the State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, the State College of Education, Ila and State College of Education, Ilesa, that the government intends to merge the institutions.
It was gathered that the protesters prevented lecturers and students of the College of Technology, Esa-Oke, from entering the campus.
They were said to have warned the government against the plan, maintaining that the move might have untold consequences if the proposed plan was not shelved.
Residents of Esa-Oke yesterday barricaded the college road, sending students and workers back home.
The Nation reports the Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adeyemi Adediran, as saying that the protest was to prevent Governor Rauf Aregbesola from embarking on the alleged plan to merge the institutions.
The monarch urged the governor to shelve the plan, saying the indigenes will prevent any attempt to merge the institution.
Similar protests had been held in Ila-Orangun and Iree by indigenes of the two communities.
However, the government had earlier stated that the plan was to restructure the institutions and not to merge them.
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