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STUDENTS of Christian Mission School for the deafIbadan, have protested against the alledged acquisition of their land by Oyo State Government.

The students comprising of both primary and secondary school who stormed the land along Lagos- Ibadan Expressway pleaded with the Oyo State Government not to add to their plight by taking the land.

The hearing impaired students carrying placards with inscriptions such as the deaf have right to live, The deaf have right to education, our land is for is for the first deaf university in Africa, Please do not punch the deaf on the face.

Other inscriptions were; we want our land for technical and vocational activities to help support poor deaf, do not cheat the deaf.

Speaking to journalists, the Technical Supervisor of the school, Solomon Fasanya, said the land was bought in 2004.

“The government told us that the land has fallen into acquisition area. Since 2016 we have been writing to the government to consider our condition and look elsewhere for land. What we are saying is that if government wants to acquire part of the land, we should dialogue. We have tried to meet the government but they have not deemed it fit to write us for dialogue. We want government to incorporate us into the land it has acquired,” he said.

Contributing the Principal of Andrew Foster Memorial College Ibadan, Johnson Olalekan said that the land wants to be used to build a university.

According to him their students do not have anywhere to further their education adding that the current space being used is small.

Also speaking the Health Prefect of the school Sulaiman Shuiab appealed to government to listen to them.

When contacted Oyo State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Issac Omodewu said, the issue predates the current administration on Oyo State. The land was acquired by former governor Rashidi Ladoja in 2006.

“When the issue came to the present governor he said it would be unfair to acquire their land without compensation or replacing the acquired land, he therefore directed the Ministry of Lands to give them another land around the same area, the size of which was acquired from them. A letter to this effect was therefore given to them by the Ministry”

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