The management of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa has given updates on the moves by the institution towards ending the security challenges facing the Eruwa community in Ibarapa East local government area of Oyo state
In a statement signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. O.A. Oladipo, on Tuesday, and made available to journalists, the institution implored the general public to disregard unverified information.
The institution said it has held a series of security meetings with relevant stakeholders within the community, including security personnel adding that necessary measures have been put in place by concerned authorities to put an end to the menace.
To avoid misunderstanding between the students, the host community and to find lasting solution, the institution has instructed students to proceed on two weeks’ mid-semester break, effective from yesterday.
The statement reads in full: “The attention of the Management of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa Oyo State has been drawn to several misleading publications by different online platforms which are targeted at smearing the good image of our dear Institution as regards the security challenges in Eruwa community to the extent that some blogs reported that the robbery attacks mostly happen within the premises of the Institution.
“As Management of the Institution, one of our core responsibilities is protection of lives and property of our students. This has been our guiding principle. Despite our continued efforts in putting an end to the menace within the community, it’s quite unfortunate reading misleading news from different blogs as regards the issue.
“Eruwa is the host community of the Institution and we can’t ignore the fact that some of our dear students were victims of the occurrences, and the Management of the Institution is not happy about it. Since the outbreak of the insecurity challenges in the community, the Management held a series of security meetings with relevant stakeholders within the community, including security personnel and necessary measures have been put in place by concerned authorities, all in a bid to put an end to the menace.
“We should not shy away from the fact that there are insecurity challenges in every part of the country, but as Management of the Institution, and in conjunction with relevant community stakeholders, we are putting adequate measures in place (and relating with various government quarters) to put an urgent end to the prevailing challenges. It’s also significant to inform the general public that none of the incidents happened within the premises of the Polytechnic, as the school environment still remains peaceful.
“Our decision as Management in asking students to proceed on two weeks’ mid-semester break, effective from yesterday Monday 28th August to Monday September 11th, 2023, is to avoid possible misunderstanding between the students and indigenes of the host community. At the same time, we aim to use the period to engage necessary stakeholders in finding lasting solutions to the challenge.
“We equally use this medium to appreciate the security personnel and all relevant stakeholders within and outside the community who have been actively and positively involved in the fight against insecurity in our area. We also encourage the public to ignore misinformation from agents of fake news.”