- Raji Adebayo, Ibadan
The widely agitation for outright autonomy for the local government administration in the country got a deadly blow as a result of protest by the large number of Nigerian Union of Teachers(NUT), Oyo State wing at the Oyo State Governor’s Office to express their rejection of the move.
During the protest, the Oyo state Chairman Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Comrade Waheed Olojede while disclosing the motive of the protest, said the rank and file of the teaching profession in the state were not in support of the development being spiritedly touted by the unsuspecting Nigerians as would have adverse effects on the administration of the public schools.
The NLC chairman maintained that Oyo State teachers mostly primary schools could not afford to be subjected to another round of agonies experienced as a result irregular payment of salaries and other welfare packages during the past inglorious military administrations in the country.
Mr. Niyi Akano, the State Chairman of NUT suggested that the administration and payment of primary school teachers be removed from the local government authority and be statutorily assigned to the State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB).
He further stressed that the lopsidedness in the revenue sharing formula be reviewed to enable the state governments to have more financial wherewithal to cater for qualitative and sound education in the both primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Akano thereafter presented the letter issued by the national body of the union to the State Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Adeyemo-Alake who was flanked by the Secretary to State Government, Alli Olalekan, Commissioner for Education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and other appointees in the state cabinet .
Otunba Alake thanked the executives of the noble union for their peaceful conduct and urged them to further channel their grievance to State Assembly for enabling deliberations in harmony with the other State House of Assemblies across the country towards favourable legislation in the national assembly.