NLC Strike Action – Oyo Govt. orders closure of schools

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The Oyo state government has ordered the
immediate closure of primary and secondary
schools in the state.
This is coming as the Nigeria Labour Congress
(NLC) has announced that it will embark on a
strike action On Tuesday, June 7, 2016. »
The state government said it is shutting down
the schools to save lives and properties and also
to forestall violence.
The government also accused the labour leaders
of encouraging students to disrupt school
activities and destroy properties.
It also stated again, that there are no plans to
privatise primary schools in the state, »
adding that the NLC strike is illegal, because
there are no existing labour dispute.
The labour union’s strike action, is in protest of
the Oyo government’s alleged plan to privatise
primary schools in the state.

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The Oyo state government also issued a
statement saying: “Members of the Public will
recall that members of the two bodies (NLC and
NUT) and their hired collaborators last week
disrupted the stakeholders’ forum organized by
the government on the proposed participatory
management of some public secondary schools.
“Rather, the intention of the government is to
partner willing stakeholders in the participatory
management of a negligible number of the public
secondary schools, which may not be more than
10 per cent of the existing 631 schools in the
end.
“Discussions are still ongoing with stakeholders
on the matter and this informed the invitation
extended to those concerned, including labour,
NUT and other members of the public to come
and contribute to the discourse before a final
decision is taken by the government.
“The reality of today is that the government
alone cannot solve the myriads of challenges
confronting education and other critical sectors
in the state.
“The unpatriotic role being played by the
disgruntled labour leaders and their external
collaborators will not proffer solution to the
dilapidated state of infrastructure, poor
performance of students in public examinations,
low morale of teachers and unconducive
teaching-learning environment.
“Government will like to remind them that the
era of brigandage and wanton destruction of
public property has become history in the state
and we will resist any attempt by any person or
group, no matter their status, to draw us back
into the dark era.
“Meanwhile, the forceful co-option of innocent
school children to partake in today’s baseless
streets protest anchored on outright falsehood
and rumour is rather unwarranted, shameless and
evil.
“We want to use this medium to again advise
parents to warn their children and wards not to
allow themselves to be used for any unlawful
gathering or protest, because law enforcement
agents have been placed on red alert to disperse
any unlawful assembly.
“Workers who have been directed to embark on
strike over a matter that is still in the conception
stage should have a rethink and report at their
duty posts, while the government intensifies
efforts to clear arrears of salary.”
The Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has
come under fire for allegedly harassing and
intimidating leaders »
of the Oyo state chapters of the Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers
(NUT).

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