Oyo NUT Commends Ajimobi Over Appointment Of Edu Secretaries

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In OyoThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Oyo State Wing, has commended the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries for the 33 Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

The Union gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the Governor and signed by its State Secretary, Mr Waheed Olojede.

The secretary explained that the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries has cleared all intrigues and misrepresentations wrongly informing the NUT and her teeming members that the present administration in the state, vowed never to appoint teachers in such positions again arising from the alleged poor performances of the last crop of secretaries.

He noted that the Union was encouraged by Governor Ajimobi’s gesture, stressing that the gesture has been accepted as one that will permanently keep their detractors at bay.

According to him,”The NUT Oyo state wing and its leadership have viewed the good gesture of Your Excellency as well directed and as one that is based on consideration for professional ethics and values, which in our belief will go a long way in energizing Primary Education in the state”.

Mr Olojede stated that the appointment of teachers as education secretaries will further strengthen the existing robust relationship between the Governor and NUT, adding “It is our collective determination to forge ahead in energizing the state education industry.

“With deep involvement of teachers in the administration of the Primary Education sub-sector, we feel more elated, encouraged and inclined to pledge our total support and commitment, to seeing your visionary education policy succeeding in the state.

“We shall together get to our pride of place, a hundred percent success in our state”, Mr Olojede said.

Labour, Oyo Govt. Agree To End Strike

Oyo State, Labour, StrikeThe Oyo State government says the labour union leaders in the state have directed members to return to work after several weeks of strike.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Olalekan Ali, made the announcement on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, southwest Nigeria.

He spoke after a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed by the state Government and the labour union to call off the strike which began on June 6 in the state.

Mr Ali disclosed that the state government has agreed to disburse the sum of 3.4 billion Naira, representing 100% of its June allocation which is 2.1 billion Naira and the total sum of 1.39 billion Naira of the Budget Support Fund received from the Federal Government as an intervention loan for the payment of January salary, while the February salary is expected to be paid in the next two weeks.

He said the agreement would enhance the Internally Generated Revenue, stressing that the revenue collection agency has been restructured to emerge as an efficient and target driven body.

The SSG further hinted that the government had received required apologies and undertaken from Principals of the affected secondary schools and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, regarding the participation of some schools in the violent protest of June 6, 2016.

The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake-Adeyemo, on his part assured the citizens of the state that necessary mechanism would be put in place with the collaboration of the Nigeria Labour Congress and affiliate unions.

He explained that this is to avoid a recurrence of labour dispute that led to the seven – week strike that has paralised public education and other critical sectors in the state.

Mr Alake-Adeyemo noted that the 14-man committee that brokered peace between the state government and labour would not be dissolved until a permanent solution is found to the issue of delay in salary payment.

He added that the union in the state has also given its assurance to work with the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration, to further expand the revenue set for the state government.

Labour Declares Indefinite Strike As Government Shuts Down Schools In Oyo

Fuel Price, NLC Strike, Abia, Anambra, NLCThe ongoing impasse between the Oyo State government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the move to involve the private sector in public school administration in Oyo State has taken a drastic turn.

Students on Monday took to the streets protesting and vandalising property in the process.

The students from various schools across the state moved round the city in a coordinated manner, chanting songs to register their displeasure over the plan of  the government to introduce Public-Private Partnership in public schools.

They visited the court where some labour leaders were granted bail, the Government House and market places among others.

Elsewhere at the NLC office in Ibadan, the national leadership of the union led by the National Vice President, Adewale Adelegan, waded into the matter, expressing solidarity with the state chapter and declaring an indefinite strike with effect from Tuesday.

Shortly after he was released, the NLC chairman in the state, Comrade Waheed Olojede, in his address to the press said the union would shut down the industrial base of the state as the strike would be total.

Reacting to the protests and destruction of public property left in its wake, the Oyo State government condemned strongly the violent protest.

I further ordered the immediate shutdown of all primary and secondary schools in the state to avoid any further breach of peace in the state.

Oyo Govt. To Pay Salaries With Federal Allocation

Oyo LabourOyo State government and the labour union have reached a mutually acceptable agreement over unpaid salaries of workers.

Both parties arrived at a satisfactory decision after three days of meetings and consultations between various arms of government and Labour.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State chapter, Waheed Olojede, made the disclosure after the meeting.

Mr Olojede said that the government has agreed that all its Federal Allocation would hereafter be devoted to payment of workers’ salaries.

Regretting the information gap that led to the seven-day ultimatum issued by labour, he hinted that the meeting resolved that a joint revenue mobilisation committee of labour and government would begin to drive, monitor and share any increase in Oyo State’s Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) between workers and government.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had earlier described the ultimatum as illegal and that any strike would be met with a stiff penalty of ‘no work no pay’, insisting that Labour was aware of the fact on ground.

He had also secured a two-year suspension for debt relief in order to jack up Federal Allocation to the state, maintaining that workers should re-commit to devising ways of not just improving IGR but doing so significantly and consistently.

Unpaid Salaries: Labour Unions Give Oyo Govt Seven Days Ultimatum

Labour unionThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to schedule a meeting between it and Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi over unpaid worker’s salaries with effect from Wednesday.

In the ultimatum, which was issued after a meeting of some leaders of the NLC, Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council on Tuesday, the unions threatened industrial action.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday evening at the office of the union at Challenge in Ibadan, the NLC Chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede, said the move became necessary after efforts to meet with the Governor to find a solution to the backlog of five months’ salaries failed.

In response to the ultimatum, a government’s spokesman and the special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, expressed surprise at the pronouncement.

He said a meeting had already been scheduled for Thursday with the leadership of labour unions in the state.

Meanwhile, work has resumed in the state amidst groaning from the effects of fuel scarcity.

Oyo State Workers Call Off Strike

OyoThe Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its two-week old strike, ordering members to resume work effective Monday June 8 2015.

The State Chairman of the union, Waheed Olojede, disclosed this to journalists in Ibadan at the end of a joint negotiation meeting between Labour and government representatives, led by the State Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade.

Olojede explained that the state government has accepted Labour’s demands and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pay the workers all outstanding arrears as soon as the next allocation comes in.

The Head of Service, however, noted that government has proven its determination to open up to workers in the area of government finance, especially on federal allocation received monthly.

He said the union has informed the NLC national headquarters of this recent development and decision to end the industrial action.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had on Thursday, expressed optimism that the dialogue between the government and Labour would not extend beyond the week as a mutually acceptable solution has been found to address the the issue.

Oyo State Government Describes Workers’ Strike As Insensitive

NLC ElectionThe Oyo State Government has described the industrial action by workers’ union in the state as ‘premature and insensitive’ to ongoing negotiations between government and the union.

The Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State Chapter, had ordered its members to proceed on an indefinite strike with effect from Monday May 25, in accordance with a directive of its national leadership.

Reacting to the decision of the union on behalf of the Oyo State Government, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Ismail Alli, said it was unfortunate, explaining that the State Government had been fair to workers since the current administration took over office four years ago.

He said the government had not received any official statement in respect of the action from the labour union.

“No government in the state has ever increased its workers’ salary as the Ajimobi led government,” he said.

He added that the union should have waited for the ongoing negotiations to end before such action would be considered.

Announcing the commencement of the strike, the NLC Chairman in Oyo state, Comrade Waheed Olojede, said: “You are all aware sufficiently that in the last few months in Nigeria, many state governments owe their workers salaries and pensions. Oyo State is one of those states. In the last few months, we have commenced negotiation with the state government on how best to pay outstanding salaries and pensions of the workers and retirees”.

“We were on the process until last Friday when the national headquarters of the NLC issued a directive, instructing all state councils of NLC, where governments are owing salaries and pensions, to begin industrial action from today, Monday, May 25.

“We have gotten in touch with the national leadership of NLC to make clarification on the action.

The State’s NLC Chairman said the action was regrettable, especially as negotiations between the State Government and Labour had been ongoing before the national leaders instructed the commencement of the strike.

Comrade Olojede stated that no state chapter of the NLC had any superior stance beyond the national body and this necessitated the indefinite strike.