The All Progressives Congress candidate for Obokun State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has lauded the understanding of teachers in the state for calling off their ‘sit-down strike’.
He said the understanding shown by the leadership and members of the Nigeria Union of Teacher underscored their patriotism and support for Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration, as well as their commitment for change in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Obokun Local Government Education Board 2015 ecumenical prayer in Ibokun on Friday, Oyintiloye said the basis for the grievances of the teachers was propelled by the paucity of funds occasioned by the slash in federal allocation to the state.
The Osun NUT had suspended the strike the members embarked upon since December 2, 2014, to protest the non-payment of leave bonus, leave grants to secondary school teachers and non-payment of examination and running grants to schools in the state.
“The financial challenge we are facing in Osun today is not orchestrated by our government, but by the PDP-led Federal Government, which drastically reduced our allocation so that we will not be able to meet your demands.
“If not for the good understanding and your intelligence, you will not agree with us that it is not our government that is out to punish you, but the Federal Government,” he said.