Wednesday 16th August, 2017
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Teachers protest LG autonomy in Oyo, want profession under State

Teachers protest LG autonomy in Oyo, want profession under State

Teachers under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Teach­ers (NUT), Oyo State Wing have stormed the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital to protest the proposed local gov­ernment autonomy.
 
They insisted that if local government autonomy is to be achieved, funding and manage­ment of primary schools should be taken away as a responsibility of the local government.
 
The protest rally which took off at the Agodi State Secretariat of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) was led by the state Chair­man, Comrade Niyi Akano in company of the state NLC chair­man, Comrade Waheed Olojede and other state executives who got to the Oyo State government secretariat to deliver a protest letter to the state governor, Sena­tor Abiola Ajimobi.
 
The placard carrying teachers agreed that granting political, financial or administrative au­tonomy to the local government would by implication mean transferring the management, equipping and funding of pri­mary school education to the lo­cal government, a burden which is too heavy for the third tier of government to bear.
 
Some of the inscriptions on the placard read: “Nigerian Union of Teachers, Oyo State Wing says no to local govern­ment autonomy. Basic education is a right of every child”, “Local government councils do not have the capacity to pay primary school teachers’ salaries”, “Basic education is a right and must be protected by all”, “Foundation of education in Nigeria under threat again” 

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