By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday hinted that schools across Oyo state may be reopened on July, 15, this year for the continuation of their academic activities .
The governor dropped this hint while speaking at this year’s International Workers Day, attended by top labour leaders in the state held at the Labour House, American Quarters, Ibadan.
According to Governor Makinde, the July 15 date has been picked as ” drop death date by the Oyo state government, saying, his administration remained hopeful that it will be able to reopen schools by that date.
“I was having a discussion with private school owners and the schools are all closed. They rely on the school fees to pay the teachers they have employed. Now, the children are at home, they have to keep the teacher but there is no fund to pay. My idea is, we need to let the parents know that this period that their children are at home, we take it as their long vacation,” he said.
Governor Makinde added, “we have a drop-dead date of July 15th. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the schools by July 15th and if we do that, they will complete the two weeks of the second term and immediately start the third term. This means there would not be any long holiday again and they will just flip around and start the next term.”
Oyo state Chairman of the Nigeri Labour Congress, (NLC, , Comrade Adebayo Titilola-Sodo while speaking at the workers Day celebration declared that Oyo NLC will not accept a reduction in the salaries of the state workers.
Comrade Titilola-Sodo stressed that the labour leaders are of the views that Governor Makinde will not join those planning to execute pay cut for workers.In his remarks, Oyo state TUC Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran, stated that in this difficult times, Labour leaders expect the government not to focus on profit but on sustaining livelihood of people such that all will survive the pandemic.
In his comments, the Secretary, Nigeria Union of Pensioners,(NUP) Oyo state Chapter, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, charged all affiliate unions and state branches to resist any deduction in salary.