EDITORIAL: Governor Abiodun, pick the shambles MAPOLY has broken into

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Dapo Abiodun

In the picturesque heart of Ogun State, nestled amid the rolling hills and lush greenery, there lies a once-proud citadel of learning – Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, or Mapoly, as it’s affectionately known. This institution was more than just a place of education; it was a beacon of hope, a symbol of progress, and a testament to the collective ambition of a community that aspired to greatness.

However, what was once a thriving sanctuary of knowledge has gradually transformed into a haunting specter of neglect, crumbling like a forgotten monument to forgotten dreams. The weight of history bears down on this forsaken institution, as if the very echoes of its once-thriving classrooms whisper of a brighter past.

As Mapoly’s five-week-long strike grinds on, it’s not merely the loss of educational opportunities that casts a shadow over this hallowed place. The sadness that pervades the campus transcends the confines of the institution and touches upon the soul of the region, leaving a trail of disappointment and despair.

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This is not just a localized crisis; it is an erosion of the very foundations of a just society. It resonates deeply with the international conventions that uphold the right to education as an inherent human right. Throughout history, we’ve learned that the strength of a nation hinges upon the knowledge and aspirations of its youth. Neglecting these ideals undermines the bedrock of society.

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To the uninitiated, the sorrow that envelops Mapoly might seem like an isolated issue, but it is not. It’s a call to action, an outcry for justice, and a rallying cry for the restoration of hope. It echoes the sentiments of great reformers and visionaries who understood that education is the cornerstone of progress.

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As a responsible media outlet, Ogunwatch stands shoulder to shoulder with the students and staff of Mapoly, who are enduring the anguish of this relentless ordeal. We stand in solidarity with the voices of protest, which, like the footsteps of history’s trailblazers, demand justice, equity, and the rekindling of hope.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, your inaction in the face of this educational catastrophe not only disappoints but raises questions about your commitment to the welfare of your constituents. It is akin to watching a treasure slip through your fingers, an opportunity squandered.

We urge you, Governor Abiodun, to heed this call for justice and take decisive action. It is in your hands to restore the dignity of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. The longer you delay, the deeper the wound becomes, and the harder it will be to heal.

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Governor Abiodun, the time has come for a decisive intervention. The cries of the students are not mere echoes; they are the resonating voices of a generation yearning for knowledge and progress. This is an opportunity for you to write your own chapter in the history books – one of leadership, compassion, and commitment to a brighter tomorrow.

History, Governor Abiodun, is watching. Will you be remembered as the leader who turned a blind eye to the plight of these students and the decay of a once-proud institution, or as the one who took bold action to restore hope, dignity, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow? The choice is yours.

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