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Proposed Schools Management: Ajimobi Seeks Peace with Labour

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has appealed to labour leaders and the striking workforce in the state to call off the ongoing strike to give room for further dialogue geared towards finding a lasting solution to the issue of payment of salaries and the proposed management of some public secondary schools.

He made the call on Sunday in Ibadan during an interview with journalists shortly after participating on the state-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) programme tagged “Eyi Ara.”

Governor Ajimobi said it had become imperative for the labour leaders to call off the strike to enable workers resume work in their own interest and that of the state, while appealing to them to imbibe the culture of dialogue. 

The governor, while commending workers for their perseverance and tolerance, urged them to bear with the government, assuring that in the next few months, things would improve as the Federal Government has said it would come to the aid of states that are incapable of paying workers salaries. 

“I am not happy with the situation we found ourselves for non-payment of salaries to workers. It is disheartening, how can somebody be working and not being paid?

“But I assure you things will change for the better in the next few months,” he said.

The state helmsman, while reiterating the readiness of his administration to put in place more measures that will boost the revenue of the state, said it was unfortunate that millions of naira had been stolen by tax collectors, adding that all loopholes where revenue is being diverted would be blocked and that the state government would soon embark on collection of tenement rate in the state.

Speaking on the proposed education policy in the state, Ajimobi reaffirmed that his administration has no plan to sell any of the secondary schools in the state, adding that it was a misconception and misinformation by some enemies of government that the government was planning to sell its schools.

In the area of Agriculture, Ajimobi stressed the need for the people to go back to the land, now that the oil has lost its value in the international market, pointing out that the agricultural programme of the state government tagged Agic Oyo would be extended to all the 33 local governments in the state. 

On health, the state chief executive said the state government had commenced the rehabilitation of hospitals and provision of drugs, adding that the government would introduce an health insurance scheme, whereby the least paid worker would pay a token of N200 to receive medical treatment.

In another development, Governor Ajimobi disclosed that the Idi-Ape/Bashorun road dualization would be awarded before the end of the month, adding also that the Apete road construction would soon be completed.

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