OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has lent weight to the call for Kwara State’s chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to resolve the ongoing teacher’s strike in the state.
In a meeting with the leadership of the state’s Labour Unions in Ilorin over the weekend, Saraki appealed to them to return to work in the interest of students, pupils and all people of Kwara State.
According to him, primary education lay at the foundation of children and all hands must be on deck to ensure it is not jeopardised.
Saraki further urged the leadership of the workers’ union to cooperate with the state government in the efforts to amicably resolve all pending issues on which both sides disagree.
The Senate President also expressed his appreciation to the labour leaders and traditional rulers for their promise to co-operate with the state government in carrying out a comprehensive biometric exercise that will aid adequate planning in the future.
Saraki also praised the royal fathers for their timely intervention aimed at resolving the dispute between the state government and the workers while also commending those present at the meeting for honouring his invitation at short notice.
In their response, the labour leaders appreciated Saraki’s style of leadership, his commitment to their welfare and the decision to intervene on their dispute with the state government.
The labour Unions also promised to quickly resolve the issues on which they disagreed with the state government and resume work as the government has promised to pay part of the salary arrears owed the teachers.