Again, Protest Rocks Al-Medinah College


The crisis rocking Al-Medinah International College, Osogbo took another turns as the former teachers of the school who tendered their resignation letters in the last month embarked on protest against the refusal of the school management to pay their withheld salaries.

  The school which was founded by Dr. Fadhil Nurudeen Abiola, an indigene of Iwo in Osun state and director of Centre for Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'ah, Nigeria has been enmeshed in crisis over an attempt by the management of the school to allegedly force the teachers to resume and start teaching WASSCE candidates in just concluded examination without any promise on what they would pay during the period of the examination.

   According to the concerned teachers, after they tendered their resignation letters on August 11, 2020 the management of the school ought to have paid their withheld salaries on September 10, 2020 based on agreement between the teachers and management when they were recruited.

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   One of the teachers who spoke with our correspondent said, "when we were recruited, the management of the school decided to withhold a month salary of each and every staff. The agreement was that the withheld salaries would be paid a month after any teacher that wants to leave submits his/her resignation letter".

  "As we are speaking now, it's more than a month that we tendered our resignation letters. However, the management has not paid us till now. They called us yesterday to come and fill clearance forms. But when we arrived in the school, the acting principal whom we have called and confirmed his presence in school before we came was said not to be around again. We see all this as a delay tactics to frustrate us. That informed the reason why we embarked on protest in White Mosque, Iludun to draw attention of the people towards act of injustice and exploitation being done by Dr. Fadhil Nurudeen Abiola, the proprietor of the school".


When our correspondent asked the teachers if there had been any intervention from any Muslim leader or group in Osogbo, they said, "our intention intially was to take the issue to RaveFM or Majiyagbe program on OSBC. We were advised by a Muslim lawyer, Barrister Qossim Oyedeji not to do that because of bad image such action may have on Islam. He then promised to take necessary steps towards settlement of the issue without any more avoidable furore by convening a meeting between us and the management.

"However, less than two hours to the meeting, Mr. Abass Ibrahim, a member of themanagement who had earlier promised to attend the meeting  called the lawyer and said he would no longer come because Dr. Fadhil Nurudeen Abiola allegedly ordered him not to attend the meeting again".

"We have informed the lawyer about the delay tactics of the school management in payment of our withheld salaries. Presently, all options are on the table. And we are ready to do everything necessary within the confine of law to ensure payment of our the withheld salaries".

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