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Aggrieved Union Leaders Scuttle Oyo Stakeholders’ Meeting

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Drive govt. officials out of venue

By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Following the disruption caused by the TUC, NLC and other unions at the stakeholders meeting of the Oyo State Government on the proposed return of some public schools in the state to missionaries, the state government has explained the rationale behind the position as against the privatization of the sector being spread about in some quarters.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Olalekan Alli, who disclosed this at a press conference Wednesday, said the proposed meeting was to discuss new educational innovations on effective management of schools in the state. 

Alh. Alli reiterated the intention of the government was not to sell nor privatise its educational institutions, adding that government would never abdicate its responsibility of ensuring improved quality of education, maintaining religious diversity or negotiating its free education policy, among others.

“We are not returning schools on the basis of religion but on the basis of set criteria for all interested stakeholders that will be further prequalified.

“It is intended that less than ten percent of the 631 secondary schools in the state may be involved in participatory venture, rather than the erroneous impression that education is being privatized wholesale,” Alli pointed out.

The SSG stated that the planned stakeholders meeting was intended to enable government present its proposals, contributions, criticisms and opinions to ensure an adequate collaborative process in furthering the educational advancement of students, which he said was in line with modern trends.

Surprisingly to their dismay according to Alh. Alli, some misguided people invaded the venue, as the stage was set for the discourse, thereby averting the intended interaction between government and the stakeholders.

The planned stakeholders meeting was however scuttled as aggrieved union leaders and their members comprising NUT, NLC and others stormed Western Hall Building, Secretariat Ibadan, venue slated for the meeting to drive people including government officials who were in attendance out of the premises with force.

They hinged their protest on the failure of the state government to carry them along in its plan to return some public schools in the state to missionaries.

The union leaders  jointly said they were not aware of such development until an advertorial was published in some newspapers.

They were similarly of the view that, if such development come into being, it would further aggravate the problems of some parents who have been passing through pains to send their children to school as the cost of educating them would be too exorbitant.

They recalled the days of late sage Obafemi Awolowo during which education was free, adding that the sector had suffered serious neglect from subsequent governments in the state.

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