The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ogun State chapter has asked the Ogun state Governor, prince Dapo Abiodun to as matter of urgency to reverse the 25, 000 naira payment imposed on the private secondary schools Students for Covid-19 test.
The body expressed shock over the insensitivity of the state government to the plight of the residents of the state.
The union stated this in a press release signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole and its Acting Secretary, Comrade Olatunji Ayuba.
According to the release “The Congress is shocked, that the State Government can contemplate any measure or policy that will further add to the burden of the citizens and the parents.
''This is portrayed as being insensitive to the plight of its Citizenry, especially when we compare this with what is done in other clime, where their governments introduced many palliative measures and even cash grant to families, to cushion the effect of the Pandemic”.
''We strongly condemn in strong terms the introduction of dichotomy and discriminating policies between Students of Public and Private Schools in the State.
“If testing for COVID-19 must be done for any category of students, it should be free for all students irrespective of whether they are in Public or Private Schools” the release stated
''We want to call on prince Dapo Abiodun to immediately step-in-to the matter and direct immediate reversal of the compulsory payment of 25,000 by the parents and ensure that no student in the State is discriminated against on the basis of attending private school.
“We also call on government to be alive to its responsibilities by ensuring adequate provision of necessary tools, equipments and other consumables for safe re-opening of schools, this call becomes imperative to maintain and promote the existing industrial peace and harmony in the State” it concludes