Centre for Sustained Dialogue has slammed the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, over allegations of intimidation and harassment of labour activists.
According to the Executive Director of the group, Comrade Omotosho Hakeem, the arrest and detention of leaders of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, after they protested against his government’s plan to privatise public schools is undemocratic, inhuman and dictatorial.
Comrade Hakeem said the decision to privatise public schools is escapist and anti-people, adding that the children of the poor will not have access to education if the plan is allowed.
“The western region was able to develop ahead of other regions because of the free education policy of the great Awo which Governor Ajimobi was a beneficiary. It is dictatorial to sell our public schools to his acolytes.
“Governor Ajimobi must understand that education is considered a national emergency, second only to war. Therefore if Oyo State is not at war, within and without, why is Ajimobi selling the school? It is barbaric, unconstitutional and a deliberate evil against the poor who deserve education.”
The group appealed to citizens to support labour leaders and struggle for a state that will take education serious rather than the dictatorial one that seeks to sell their educational heritage.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that labour leaders were arraigned on Friday, June 3 before an Ibadan Magistrate Court.
Chairman of the NLC, Oyo State chapter, Mr Waheed Olojede, and six others were among those brought before the court.
They were arraigned for disturbing an education stakeholders forum which was organised by the state government on June 1.

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