By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan
Primary and post primary schools teachers in Oyo State have petitioned and alerted security agencies over looming crisis if alleged plans to elongate the tenure of the current chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Comrade Oluniyi Alamo succeeds.
A petition addressed to the state Commissioner of Police, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the teachers under the aegis of ‘The Concerned Teachers of Oyo State’, decried what they described as the gross constitutional violation being perpetrated by the leadership of the union at the state level.
At the state wing executive council meeting held at Ogbomosho recently, the date of retirement of the state chairman was illegally extended contrary to Article 4 section (iii)C of the NUT constitution.
The petition which was titled, “Looming Crisis in NUT Oyo State wing, Appeal For Intervention”, was also copied the relevant state organs and stakeholders in the state, including, the Secretary to the Oyo State Government, The Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, The Commissioner for Establishment and Training, The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), The President, Oyo state ANCOPSS, The Chairman, Oyo State AOPSHON.
According to the petition which was signed by the duo of Comrade Fawumi M. B and Comrade Alabi Soji, the embattled state chairman, whose tenure began in November, 2014 was expected to terminate September 30th, 2017, which coincidentally was the same day the chairman is due for retirement from teaching service.
The aggrieved teachers who are also kicking against the perceived carefree attitude of the national leaders on the matter, retaining or elongating Comrade Akano’s tenure as the chairman of the teachers union, said it is against the rule of engagement in the state public service.
They warned that the flagrant flout of the NUT constitution may degenerate into a serious and uncontrollable crisis as teachers have resolved to reject the illegal extension of the retired teacher, who is now a pensioner to continue to act in capacity of the NUT Oyo state chairman which is an obvious aberration of the NUT constitutional provisions.
They appealed to the security agencies to intervene by stopping the retired NUT chairman from parading himself as teacher’s representative in all functions henceforth, urging the security operatives to dispossess him of the Union’s properties at his disposal.