IBADANâ€”TEACHERS in Oyo State who have been waiting endlessly for the implementation of 27.5 per cent salary increase will smile very soon.
The response was given by Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade during an interview with Vanguard yesterday.
The teachers in the state had been clamouring for salary increase, pleading with Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to emulate his counterparts in Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Edo and Delta states by acceding to their request.
The umbrella body of the teachers, Nigeria Union of Teachers, through its Executive Secretary, Comrade Olu Abiala had made a fresh call on the governor to sympathise with members of the union.
According to Akala, the teachers would have their request granted very soon, as the economy improved.
Vanguard gathered that Governor Alao-Akala was merely delaying the payment to settle some political scores. Specifically, he was said to have decided to take his own pound of flesh for their â€œuncooperative attitudeâ€ but because of his second term bid, he would not delay it further.
But, Abiala also pleaded with the governor to implement court ruling that the check-off dues should be deducted as it was before the face-off.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Bashiru Apapa had advised the state government not to deny the teachers what others were enjoying in neighbouring states.