Abiola Ajimobi NLC slams Governor over arrest of labour leaders


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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
has slammed the Oyo state
Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for
allegedly intimidating labour
leaders in the state.
NLC also accused the Governor of arresting
and harassing protesting workers in the state.
Reports say the police arrested leaders of the
Oyo state chapter of the Nigerian Labour
Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union of
Teachers (NUT) while they were protesting
the government’s plan to privatise public
schools in the state.
The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba said the
decision to privatise the public schools is
unjust, adding that the children of the poor
will be not be able to have access to education
if the plan falls through.
Wabba also said “These public schools were
built with the blood and sweat of the people
and not a few, including Your Excellency and
members of your cabinet, were grand
beneficiaries of this public school system.
“To auction out these schools, lock, stock and
barrel, to the highest bidders offends moral
decency and social justice as it denies
generations of the children of the poor access
to education guaranteed by the 1999
Constitution as amended.
“History, we dare say, will be reluctant to
forgive you, if you impose it on the people
using garrison powers.”
The NLC President said the Governor’s decision
to privatise the public schools without
consulting the people is a breach of trust.
Adding that “We wish to express our dismay at
the harassment, arrest and detention of our
members for peacefully protesting against
government’s policy of giving away public
schools to individuals or organisations in the
guise of Public-Private Partnership.
“Please do permit us to state that the right to
peaceful protest against a wrong is guaranteed
by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Labour
Laws, ILO Conventions to which Nigeria is
signatory, and Human Rights Laws and cannot
be abridged by government.”
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has also
condemned the detention » of the labour
leaders.
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