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”