By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—GOVERNOR Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, has admitted that he deliberately withheld the July salary of the teachers in the state until they fulfilled some undisclosed conditions.
While speaking on a live radio and television programme in Ibadan, the governor said as a result of the teachers’ alleged uncooperative attitude during the strike that lasted three months, the state government was not owing them any salary.
The teachers had stayed off work for three months over unpaid 27. 5 percent salary increase which they said other states except two had implemented.
Vanguard, however, gathered that the governor’s anger against the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state was because it shifted the venue of its election to Akure.
Akala maintained that the teachers did not work for the salary and there was no need asking the government to pay for the month.
He complained that the union had allowed itself to be politicized and used by some perceived opponents, advising politicians in the state to leave the unions alone.
The governor directed the commissioner for education to take appropriate actions on any school whose principal was alleged to be demanding illegal fee from the students.