Akure – The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, has called for the establishment of a Federal Government College for boys in Akure.
Aladelusi made the call at an emergency meeting of the Parents Teachers Association of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in Akure on Monday.
He commended the government for establishing FGGC in Akure, saying that the school had impacted positively on the community and the country at large.
Aladelusi stressed the importance of girl-child education, saying that educated women played important roles in the society.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was called to address the issue of two cooks of the college who were arrested on April 4 by the Police for allegedly using sanitary pads of students for ritual purposes.
The cooks were accused of going to dustbins in the school to pick used sanitary pads and some other personal items of girls in hostels.
The traditional said it was normal for parents to feel concerned whenever they heard such stories and appealed that the school should wait for the police concluded their investigation.
Mrs Ibifuro Harrison, the state Commissioner of Police, who was at the meeting, said the police had investigated the matter and found nothing incriminating against the cooks.
Harrison said that it was the timely intervention of the police that saved the issue from degenerating, adding that it would have created disaffection among the students, teachers and Akure community.
“My joy is that no harm has happened to anyone. We investigated the matter and we did not find any of the allegations to be true,” she said.
Harrison advised parents to teach their children proper ways of disposing their “personal things and instill discipline in them’’.
Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Yayi Akorede, advised parents to allow peace to reign and return their wards to the school.
Akorede said people should plan for the progress of the school, saying, “this school is for Akure community and it must go on”.
Mrs Florence Ejikeme, the Principal of the school, said investigations had been conducted at different levels and nothing incriminatory was found.
Ejikeme said that the Police, the PTA and the old girls association of the college investigated the matter and found that the story was not true.
“I took personal pains to investigate the matter, what l found out was the girls were just restless and finding a way of stirring up dust,” she said.
Ejikeme said the meeting had resolved the issue and measures to prevent future occurrence.
She advised the parents to get to the management of the college on any issue rather than spreading false information.
Akin Asimolowo, the PTA Chairman, said the meeting was just to put an end to the ill feelings parents might have on the issue.
Asimolowo advised parents to always consult the PTA and the school authorities on issues bothering them. (NAN)