By our Correspondent
As teachers strike begin to take toll on the political fortune of its administration, the Ogun State Government, on Tuesday began move to appease them call the industrial action which had entered second week.
The government appealed to the teachers to call off the strike and support the progressive government of Gov Ibikunle Amosun to move the state forward.
It made the overture through the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, in an interactive session with newsmen in Abeokuta.
He said that government was taking necessary steps to address some of their demands, in a bid to end the impasse and avert unnecessary academic wastage of the children.
The commissioner remarked that the teachers salary takes larger percentage of the financial allocation accrueable to the staste cofer and the inspite of that, the government has aleays strive to prioritise teaches welfare.
Oladipo lamented that in the last 15 months, federal allocations accrueable to the state has been dwindling drastically and that this has constrained the government from meeting some of its obligations.
According to him, the teachers are not owed any salary.
”They receive their salaries as at when due, but only for the deductions, which the state could not meet up with adequately due to the dwindling allocations from Abuja,” the commissioner said.
Oladipo further explained that the problem of paucity of funds was compounded by the federal government, which banned states from obtaining loan from banks without taken express permission from the Minister of Finance.
He noted that despite the financial difficulties facing the state government, it has continued to pay salaries of its workforce regularly.
According to him, government is determined to meet its obligations across the state as it hsad started to improve on its internally generated revenue in order not to relly on federal allocation.
He, therefore pleaded with the teachers to see the efforts of the present administration in urban renewal, provision of free and qualitative education, effective security and efficient health delivery, basic infrastructural amenities across the state among other.
”These are some of the government efforts towards repositioning the state,” Oladapo said.
He called on all workers to show more understanding in supporting the efforts of government, which has shown good leadership across board.
The commissioner also challenged the union bodies to cry out about some reported financial mismanagement at the federal level, which he said was seriously affecting the state allocation.