Oyo Govt/Labour impasse: LG chairman calls for roundtable approach
Caretaker chairman, Iseyin local Government, Mr Saheed Alaran has restated the imperativeness of a roundtable approach to the current impasse between workers and government over salary and pension arrears, with a view to bringing up relevant solutions.
Alaran, in an interaction with journalists, stressed that no amount of bickering would proffer solutions to the impasse unless the two parties shift grounds to arrive at positions that are favourable to the generality of workers in the state.
In a related development, Alaran has beckoned for the understanding of the labour movement among other stakeholders, in view of the criticisms and oppositions that have trailed the partnership initiative of the state government in running the education sector.
He avowed that the proposed public private partnership initiative would heal the ailing education infrastructure and degrading standard of education in the state.
According to him, the education sector of the state could not be revamped with the efforts of the government alone, but also the intervention of individuals, alumni and corporate organisations.
“The education sector in our state has received so much attention that one would not have envisaged the present condition of our schools and their infrastuctures but the number of schools is large. Iseyin alone has about two hundred primary schools that are also jostling for attention just like the secondary schools that are everywhere.”
“It is not possible for government to say it would abdicate its responsibility in this area despite the humongous requisites for maintaining them so what is required is understanding between government and other stakeholders. No amount of bickering will give us solution to the problem at hand unless the labour agrees to truce terms and a middle channel is forged so our children can go back to school.”
In the same vein, Chairman, Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U), Iseyin Chapter, Mr Gbadebo Ogundiran has advised the government to, as a matter urgency, find a solution to the industrial crisis in the State so as not to jeopardise the future of children in public schools.