NLC indefinite strike in Oyo State illegal – Gov Ajimobi

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By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Friday said the on-going indefinite strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo state early this week was illegal.
The governor stated this while featuring on Fresh FM radio, Ibadan live programme monitored by the New Nigerian.
According to Governor Ajimobi, there was no basis for the NLC to declare an indefinite strike in Oyo state at this particular time, saying, there was no dispute between the government and its workers to warrant any strike.
He stressed that for a strike to be declared in line with the laid down rules, there must be a dispute and government should be put on notice about such dispute, adding that concerning the present situation, there was nothing of such.
“The indefinite strike declared by the NLC in Oyo state was illegal, that strike is illegal. There was no dispute between the government and its civil servants. Who did they consult before going on the strike,” he said.
On the possibility of an amicable settlement of the crisis between the Labour leaders in Oyo state (who are presently on bail after they were arraigned in court for allegedly disrupting the aborted June 1 stakeholders forum on the state government’s planned  PPP of secondary schools policy) and the state government, the governor said the government is at all times ready for dialogue.
Responding to a question of likelihood of out of court settlement, Governor Ajimobi said for such to happen, NLC must be ready to apologise to Oyo State Government or pay for all what were damaged during the protest that greeted the aborted stakeholders forum, saying, whoever breaks the law, will face the law.
Governor Ajimobi also blamed the Monday’s students protest which led to the closure of public schools in the state on those he said forced the students of their schools to destroy government property.
Governor Ajimobi however insisted that there was no plan by the Oyo State Government to sell off or privatize any of the public secondary schools in the state, saying, “let them show me where we write that we want to privatize or sell any secondary school in this state”.
The governor also added that there is still free education in Oyo State contrary to the insinuation by some people in the state.

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