By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Following the protest staged by students of the four tertiary institutions in Osun state over the three months old strike embarked on by their teachers, the state Government has expressed its readiness to open a fresh dialogue with the striking lecturers with a bid to ending the face-off.
Speaking with journalists on the industrial action, the state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro said the state government was ready to re-open dialogue with the teachers in the interest of the students’ future.
Affected institutions are: Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa and Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun
The teachers had asked the state government to elongate their retirement age from 60years to 65years, implement fully the contributory pension scheme and give them full autonomy of the running of affairs of the institutions among other prayers.
The state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had ordered the teachers to resume but they were adamant insisting that the government must meet their demands.
To this end, affected students of the schools trooped out in their numbers last week to protest what they termed “insensitivity” of the government towards addressing the issue.
But, Bolorunduro while speaking on the matter explained that the best way to resolve the issue was to come to round table meeting for the sake of peace and progress of the future of the state.
He maintained that the striking lecturers should disregard any form of misinformation from any quarters and embrace dialogue with the government adding that, government’s position on the matter could be better understood through dialogue.
He therefore stressed that the welfare of the union members was very dear to the government.