Oyo teachers shun celebration over unpaid salaries

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The Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan venue of the ceremony recorded a very scanty attendance of stakeholders comprising mainly of representatives of labour leaders from some schools across the local government areas of the state.  Majority of teachers in public and private schools in Oyo State on Monday shunned the World Teachers Day celebration apparently in protest against their months of unpaid salaries as well as arrears of pensions and gratuities of those in retirement. The Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan venue of the ceremony recorded a very scanty attendance of stakeholders comprising mainly of representatives of labour leaders from some schools across the local government areas of the state.

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But the State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Waheed Olojede who is also the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state counseled the aggrieved teachers not to be disenchanted with the unpaid emoluments just as he tasked the State Government to consider their plight by utilizing the Bail-out Fund received by the state for the exact purpose for which it was granted.

Olojede assured that the NLC would not relent in monitoring the disbursement of the bail-out fund in the overall interest of not only the teachers but other workers in the state.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the NUT in Oyo State, Comrade Oluniyi Akano remarked that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies”, was “appropriate and in tandem with the long standing clamour and advocacy by the leadership of the union that education is the bedrock of national development and teachers always make the difference.”

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