The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations on Governance Monitoring (CSGM) in the State of Osun has intervened in the crisis rocking the state following the recent education reform implemented by the state government.
Speaking during a press conference in Osogbo, Chairman of the coalition, Olarenwaju Suraj stated that in order to maintain peaceful coexistence between various sections of the society as well as ascertain the true motive and status of the reforms in the state, the coalition would embark on a 3-day assessment programme.
“Our plan is to undertake a thorough assessment of the true situation beyond media reports, believed to have inevitably subjected to some traditional gatekeeping characteristic of media content productions. The proposed 3-day (21st – 23rd October, 2013) thorough assessment exercise of tour and meetings will be undertaken by no fewer than 10 representatives of leading different civil society groups, comprising Christians and Muslims from across the country”.
Explaining its rationale for intervening in the crisis rocking the state, the coalition said the quest for societal development and peaceful co-existence particularly within various religious sections is the motivating factor.
“As the occupant of the space between the government and the people, civil society groups have deemed it inevitable to intervene in this matter for certain reasons, including that of contributing to the restoration of peace to the state. Most important, perhaps is the fact that it would amount to shying away from our responsibility if we choose to ignore this”.
The coalition promised to remain non-partisan and objective in the conduct of this assessment towards the restoration of peace in the state.
“We will seek to engage with the two divides not with the intention to apportion blames but to deepen understanding of the issues by our team and the two divides. This is to make for the inevitable re-appreciation of the issues in the different quarters”.