…allegation untrue, says Oyo govt
By Ola Ajayi
THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Oyo State chapter has condemned Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala for flouting court order by his continued withholding of the check off dues meant for the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state.
NLC said the flagrant disobedience to the rule of law and court order was unbecoming of a democratically elected government.
Speaking through its State Chairman, Comrade Bashiru Apapa Wednesday in Ibadan, the labour union noted that the relationship between the workforce and the governor had been frosty due to victimization of its members.
NLC said it was surprising that despite the fact that the court of law had ruled that the deduction of the dues should continue pending the determination of the suit filed by the NUT, the state Government did not give any regard to the court order.
Says govt hostile to teachers
He listed many instances that the State Government had allegedly been hostile to the teachers by undue transfer, unfair indefinite suspension of one Mr. O.S. Obadina of St. Patrick Primary School, Inu-Odi Okiti over frivolous allegations.
But, the governor denied all the allegations through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade saying the â€œNLC should not over-dramatize the issue because when the ANCOPSS honoured him last month, he voluntarily assured teachers that government would pay the new allowances to the NUT.â€
That position, he claimed, had not changed, adding that the union should not precipitate any crisis based on mere assumption. â€œGovernor Akala is a friend of teachers and has demonstrated this in many ways.
The union said all these alleged malicious, vindictive attitudes of the government were alien in a civilized society, and advised that the government should retrace its step by stopping all anti-union policies, bury arrogance and respect the rule of law.
The union complained that the take-home pay of workers in the state was the least in the South West.
The Secretary of the NUT, Comrade Olu Abiala said it was a reversal of fortune that the state being one of the highest paying states many years ago had now found itself at the lowest rung of the ladder.
He added that the government had threatened principals and head teachers of schools just to strangulate the union financially.