By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Founder of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide and proprietor of Shafaudeen Group of Schools, Wakajaiye Ibadan, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke on Thursday asked Oyo State Government and the striking teachers in the state to give room for the intervention of traditional rulers in resolving the on going industrial crisis in the state
Specifically, the cleric emphasized that the warring parties should seriously consider the interest of the affected students by accepting the intervention of the traditional rulers.
Professor Olagoke in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan lauded the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and other concerned citizens for their appeal to the state government, labour leaders and workers on the prolonged industrial crisis.
He pointed out that “both the Government and the workers, particularly the teachers should realise that the prolonged closure of schools would have its repercussions on results of our students in public exams being conducted by NECO, WAEC and NABTEB”.
“With all sense of patriotism and humility, I feel that this is time to go to our core values. The Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ajeoguguniso and other prominent leaders have intervened on the matter and spoke to all the parties. They should be respected” he said.
The Cleric added that, “besides this, we should please go back to the era of normalcy like the 80s when school curriculum was smooth and better that one could say when schools would resume and go on vacation,” saying, “the trend now is discouraging and frustrating”.
Emphasizing that the closure of public schools is forcing parents to send their children to private schools which have less qualified teachers to train them, Professor Olagoke urged the Oyo State Government to consider payment of about three months out of the salary arrears to enable teachers go back to the classrooms.
He then urged the warring parties “to remember that pupils in Oyo and Osun were being pulled down the education ladder when compared with their counterparts in other parts of the country”.