By Tunde Oyekola
No fewer than 82 workers of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun have been sacked by the management of the state-owned institution.
The affected workers, who were relieved of their duties on Tuesday, were members of the non-Academic Staff Union of the college.
When contacted on the telephone by our correspondent, the Chairman of College of Education Academic Staff Union, Segun Onifade, confirmed the sack of the 82 workers.
According to him, the sacked workers were contract staff of the college of education.
Onifade said some of the sacked workers had spent 6 years before the authorities decided to send them packing.
But the Chairman of the college’s Governing Council, Niyi Akande, when contacted on the telephone by our correspondent in Osogbo said he was not aware of the sack.
He said: “I am not aware of that. I have not been told that anybody has been sacked. I am in Abuja.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students has threatened to shut down economic and social activities in Osun state should the state government merge its tertiary institutions.
NANS Deputy Coordinator, Zone D, Comrade Afolabi Saheed, in a release made available to our correspondent in Osogbo warned Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola against any reformation of the state’s education sector that tends to pose threat to the future of the people of the state.
NANS then asked Governor Aregbesola to recall the sacked workers of the state tertiary institutions, stressing that merging of the Institutions would shatter the hopes of the students of the state.
The release read: “We won’t hesitate to march out en-masse on streets and major roads in order to delay daily activities within the state.
“We are ready to storm and stop economic activities within the state if the government persists in their approach to the fulfilment of this selfish project.
“We marvelled at the way education is reformed. Hopes of students in osun will soon be shattered with this current flow of reformation and restructuring in education sector if care is not taken.
“The government has failed to identify problems of education in the state but have decided to restructure and reform the education sector to suit their taste and to save themselves in this present economy mess we are.
“Incessant strike, under staffing, poor health system in our campuses, poor state of our campuses, poor transport network in our schools, poor state of hostels, poor scheme utilized in the process of admission and many more. All these are what the government needs to redress and work on instead of merging our institutions.”