The teachers in Ogun State have accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of being insincere in handling their grievances.
The public primary and secondary school teachers on Friday announced the commencement of an indefinite strike after they accused the state government of not remitting money deducted from their salaries but meant for their cooperative societies.
On Saturday, the teachers embarked on a protest after they accused the governor of being absent from a meeting scheduled for same day. The protest was led by leaders of the various educational associations in the state including NUT, ASUSS, and ANCOPPS. It took place at the NUT hall, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Speaking during the protest, the Chairman of ASUSS in the state, Akeem Lasisi, said that the governor was scheduled to meet the leaders of the agitating unions on Saturday but sent some government officials instead.
He said a letter dated January 16 was received from the office of the Head of Service, Bureau of Establishment and Training, requesting the presence of union executives at the Banquet Hall of the government house, on Saturday to meet the governor.
He alleged that the governor had earlier stopped communicating with the unions before the commencement of the strike.
He explained that part of the teachers demand before the strike was payment of the 12.5 per cent of the balance of 27.5 per cent promised to be paid in October 2014 by the governor.
The body’s requests also included creation of the position of Principal-General and Headmaster-General.
“It is because of the promises which the government failed to keep that has divided NUT and ASUSS. We wanted to communicate with the governor but he was not around when we visited him.
“We want to see the face of the governor because he has been holding meetings with other workers in the states, are we not workers in the state? He promised openly during our ‘one day with the governor’ that the balance of the 27.5 per cent will be paid but unfortunately, the balance was not paid when our salaries were paid.
“Ogun teachers depend on the salaries and allowances because we cannot get gratification from the students and pupils that we teach,” Mr. Lasisi said.
In his own remark, Dare Ilekoya, the state chairman of ASUSS, said the unions have been suffering since 2014. He clarified that the strike did not have political undertone as speculated.
“We have been agitating since last year and there is no political undertone to our strike. We will never mix politics with our profession, we are out to better the lots of our members,” he said.