Two monarchs in Lagos, the Oloto of Awori Kingdom, HRM Oba Dr. Josiah Olanrewaju and the Alara of Ilara, HRM Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo, on Tuesday August 3, have disagreed over the takeoff site for the proposed University of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG).
The disagreement which ensued during a public hearing organized by the Lagos state House of Assembly Committee on Education (Tertiary), at the Pavilion, Alausa, Ikeja, over the takeoff site for the university was also witnessed by some other stakeholders.
While Oba Ogunsanwo argued that, with the large expanse of land available at Epe, the takeoff site for the proposed university campus would be better stationed at Epe, Lagos. The Oloto of Awori, Oba Dr. Olanrewaju said, Badagry has been clamouring for the upgrade of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Otto/Ijanikin, as a university for over 20 years. The Oloto therefore advised the state government not to dabble into unnecessary controversy over the issue but to consider Badagry as the site UNEDLAG.
For clarity, the Tuesday August 3rd public hearing, was aimed at converting the present Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Otto/Ijanikin and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, to a university that would be named University of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG). The quarrel between the two traditional rulers is the fight for the ‘ownership’ of the University. Each of the Obas want the University of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG) sited in their locality.