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Nigerian news: Oyo state defends sack of 7 striking workers

OYO State government, on Wednesday, defended the sack of the seven striking staffers of the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, saying it had nothing to do with the strike.

The Commissioner for Education, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, while briefing newsmen after the weekly state executive council meeting in Ibadan, said that government was not aware of the sack of the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Mr. Babatunde Dosunmu.

He said that the governing councils of the state-owned institutions, had the responsibility to protect the interest of the over 17,000 students in the schools.

He said that government was aware of the events in Oyo, but said government was yet to receive report from the governing council.

While noting the institutions were autonomous, the commissioner said they did what was right in the best interest of the students and their parents.

According to him, the state government was not out to victimise any of the striking workers of the institutions.

He said the striking workers had resumed, while lectures had begun in earnest.