5 Oct 2016

“Our Parents Are Really Suffering” – Students cry out to Oyo State Governor

Daily Post reports that the president of federation of Oyo state students’ union, University of Abuja chapter, Adebimpe Peter Babatunde has cried out to Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi to pay outstanding salaries to their workers.
Babatunde urged him to prioritize payment of workers’ salary arrears as their parents are suffering.
However, he recognized the efforts Ajimobi has taken to make Oyo state a better place like the recent creation of local council development areas aimed at bringing government closer to the people,
“Governor Ajimobi should make payment of workers salary as one of the cardinal agenda of his government,” the leader noted.
“Our parents are suffering. The government should not do as if all is well in the state; we suffer in our various schools as students from Oyo State because our parents have no money to cater for our needs.
“We have several cases of self withdrawal from higher institutions because of inability to meet up with the financial obligations required. This is not good enough for a state that is noted for playing leading roles in the nation.
“Oyo state as we all know is a pace setter, we make good records not bad records for other states to emulate. We appeal to the governor to sustain the good names of the state right from the days of the late sage, Papa Obafemi Awolowo,” he said.
Adebimpe further urged Ajimobi to increase the state’s internally generated revenue instead of total dependence on the monthly sharing of the federal allocation.
“The era of banking on the monthly sharing of money from the Federation Account is over due to the collapsing of the crude oil prices in the international market.
“Governors should think out of the box to justify the mandate given to them by the voters,” the statement concluded,” he said.
The war between the government and Oyo workers over unpaid salaries have been lingering for a while.
However, last year, The Oyo state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has blasted Governor Abiola Ajimobi for failing to pay the balance of April salaries to staff of local government including Primary School teachers in Oyo state.
The NLC described Ajimobi’s refusal to pay salaries as a rejection of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) mutually singed in the wake of the salary crisis that bedeviled the state.

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