Ogun State Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School of Nigeria, ASUSS, has called on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to, in the spirit of 2015 Teachers’ Day, reinstate a teacher that was recently disengaged from service.
A teacher with Mayflower School in Ikenne area of Ogun State, Jolaolu Adegbenro, was recently disengaged along with other staff of the state education ministry for setting questions critical of government for SS1 students.
While speaking at the arcade ground, Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, yesterday, the Chairman of ASUSS, Akeem Lasisi, begged the governor to show clemency and reinstate the sacked teacher.
Lasisi, who bemoaned the attitude of the teacher for setting a question which was critical of government, added that the union will not be a party to biting the finger that feeds them.
He, however, revealed that secondary school teachers in the state had declared three days fasting and prayer in order to seek the favour from him.
The chairman also informed Amosun that the union has set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the teacher involved.
“A teacher, who has served the state for about 20 years, wrote an offensive question, we are not happy with this, the union in conjunction with ANCOPSS has already set up a disciplinary committee to address this issue.
“Whether we like it or not, Adegbenro is one of us, even though the man defended himself, both ASUSS and ANCOPSS would never be a party to a situation whereby one would bite the finger that feeds him, but the deed has already been done.
“The man is dying, we are celebrating World Teachers Day today, but he is somewhere crying, Your Excellency please we are pleading, consider the case of Adegbenro, he is somewhere crying, he has suffered untold hardship, he has learnt his lesson in a very hard way.’’
The teachers, however, thanked the state government for paying their eight months deduction, adding that other states went on strike before they could get paid.
While responding, Governor Amosun promised to look into the case of the disengaged teacher, stressing that he will always prioritise the welfare of teachers.
Amosun, who put the wage bill of the state to about N9 billion monthly, appealed to the teachers to always do their best for the betterment of the sector in Ogun.


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