Another fresh crisis is currently brewing between Osun State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers
(NUT) and the embattled Governor of the state Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the teachers were said to have been grumbling and waiting patiently for the implementation of the Teachers Salary Structure (TSS), OSUN DEFENDER can authoritatively reveal.
Information made available to the medium revealed that the teachers in the state are feeling disturbed about the on-going grave yard silence of the state government, concerning the implementation of TSS which is yet to be discussed in details.
The teachers were also said to have condemned the state government’s non chalant attitude towards their plight.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the teachers have been trying all efforts to have the governments attention on the TSS implementation, to no avail as the government was said to be busy with other projects in the state.
It was also gathered that Oyinlola has been avoiding any occasion that would involve him and the leadership of the union with a view to preventing further discussion on the issue, as he is reported not be ready for the implementation of the new salary structure for teachers in the state service.
A source in the government house disclosed that Oyinlola was embittered when the payment of the new TSS was approved, as he has just started the implementation of the N9,500 minimum wages for teachers in Osun State.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the Governor has been making frantic efforts to hold meetings with the leadership of the union, so as to make the N9,500 minimum wages, the TSS for Osun State teachers to which the leaders have objected.
It will be recalled that the union’s Chairman and Assistant Secretary General, Alhaji Saka –Adesiyan and Chief Wale Oyeniyi, respectively warned the state commissioner for Education, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan over a statement that the Government had been paying the new salary structure since August 2008.
The duo also debunked the statement that Oyinlola had promised the NUT that he would commence the payment of the teachers peculiar allowances by January 2009, adding that the commissioner wanted to mislead the members of the union.
OSUN DEFENDER reliably gathered that Oyinlola has decided to stall all actions on the implementation of TSS as he is ready to engage the teachers in a battle of supremacy, allegedly saying that he has nothing to lose.
Speaking on the development, a school principal, who spoke under anonymity stated that the members are only waiting for the leadership to take action and “we are ready to support them” she added.
She lamented the silence of the government on the implementation, saying it could not solve the crisis instead, the Governor should publicly state his plan about TSS, saying that Oyinlola should come up with education friendly policies that will benefit the welfare of the teachers and students in the state.