Amid allegations of rape against blind teachers, OCYF repairs Blind centre roads

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Yinka ADETUNJI

Rev’d Peter Olaleye (green native attires) and Comrade Adebayo Adeniran with some blind male students who attend Adeniran Memorial Grammar School for their secondary education

The Nigerian Training Centre for the Blind, Yaku road, Ogbomoso, is currently in the news but partly for the wrong reason.
In recent weeks students of the centre have protested over a number of issues including bad condition of the roads at the centre, lack of social amenities, alleged high handedness by some of their tutors, diversion of food stuffs donated by some good Samaritans, raping etc.
“When the report of the happenings at the centre got to us, we felt what can we do to alleviate their sufferings at the centre,” began a press release by the Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum, OCYF, signed by its president (Rev’d Peter Olaleye), secretary (Comrade Adeniji Idowu) and PRO (Comrade Adebayo Adeniran).
Continuing the group, which has been making several community intervention programmes in the city in recent months, submits “We therefore paid a visit to the centre to meet with both the aggrieved students and the school authorities. We confirmed that some of the grievances were true, consequently, we decided to adopt the school as part of our community service.
“In the light of this, OCYF has swept into action and commenced the grading of their roads through the help of Hon. Akanji Ayoade Kabir, the executive chairman, Ogbomoso North who released the grader and also fueled it.”
On the allegation of rape it assured it would look into the matter, adding, “We will renovate their hostels, toilets and bathrooms and also upgrade their clinic and make drugs available.
“Therefore, we are using this medium to call on well meaning people both home and abroad to kindly support us in giving these special people a better life.”

Members of the OCYF with the ZIE, Mrs Olabode (fifth left) and other officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ogbomoso Zonal/Ogbomoso North local government offices

Some blind who reside at the centre expressed appreciation to the OCYF as well as to Hon Kabir for the road rehabilitation within the centre while calling on them not to rest on their oars.
Meanwhile, ogbomosoinsightonline.com learnt that the rape allegation had boomeranged prompting a visit to the school this week by two Oyo state commissioners, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdulraheem and Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Kafilat Omolabake Olayiwola.
Also, officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Ogbomoso led by the ZIE, Mrs. Abosede Olabode had also visited the school on fact-finding mission.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com learnt further that three blind teachers were involved in the alleged rape saga though they are denying the allegation.
However, a source at Owode Divisional Police station stated that it was certain the suspects fondled the blind girls but that investigation is ongoing on whether they actually raped the girls.
The suspects were said to have been admitted to bail.

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