Academic activities were grinded at Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu as Olomu women in their thousands recently took to the street protesting against the change of Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu to Ogbon College in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State.
It was gathered that earlier in 2016 during the 100 years birthday of the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM Dr. R.L Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro 1 (JP), a similar attempt to change the school name was strongly resisted by residents of Olomu Kingdom.
However recent event unfolding in the school indicates that the Delta state government is still bent on changing the school name from Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu to Ogbon College to honour the oldest monarch in the world.
It was further gathered that the time book of the school has been changed to Ogbon College while new school badges bearing Ogbon college are on the way among other changes.
Mrs. Mary Agbabi, spokeswoman Agbon-Olomu community, Mrs. Ese Atarhaphie, spokeswoman of Okpe-Olomu community, Deborah Onoyasakpo who spoke to newsmen said the school was built by community effort of the entire Olomu Kingdom.
They narrated that the initial temporary site of the school was at Okpare-Olomu with the hope that when the permanent site is built at Otorere-Olomu students will be transferred from the modern school Okpare-Olomu (the temporary site) to Otorere-Olomu (permanent site), adding that, a dramatic twist occurred when late Chief Thomas Ogigbah converted the temporary school of Olomu to Okpare Grammar school.
This prompted the building of Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu on land donated by Okpe-Olomu and Agbon-Olomu communities in 1979 under HRM Gbeke Ohwovoriole, the immediate past Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, adding that, HRM Gbeke Ohwovoriole did not name the school after him rather the school was named Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu even when the then Bendel state governor, Ambrose Alli, visited him, he did not change the name of the school so Okowa cannot change the name of the school to Ogbon College.
They contended that previous monarchs in the Kingdom before the incumbent did not change the name of the school to bear their names, so we Olomu women are saying no to change of Olomu Secondary School to Ogbon College. The women appealed to the Delta State governor to honour the Olomu monarch with a school in his community, Ogoni-Olomu or other government establishment but not the one they paid tax and sweat to build as community school
On his Part, Mr. Monday Atahaphie, PTA Chairman, Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu, said he is an old student of the school, wondering how the governor can just change the name of the school without consulting stakeholders in the school and the communities. He appealed to the Delta State governor to revise the name of the school back to Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu.
In a swift respond, Chief John Ewenede, the supervisory Councilor on Education and Sports, Ughelli South local government area and Olorogun Sam Oghotomo, S.A to the Delta State governor appealed to the women to allow the student write their NECO exam,
They further added that the entire Kingdom will meet on the issue to resolve it.
However, luck ran out on the Acting Principal of Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu, Mr. Miller, as he was assaulted and humiliated by the pretesting women for daring to announce the change of the school name to the students.