ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Titilope Adebanjo at a press conference in Abeokuta at the weekend said the union has withdrawn its support for the renewed agitation for local government autonomy in the country.
He said granting full political and financial autonomy to councils, as it concerns the funding and management of primary education would be a disaster to basic education in the country.
“As teachers, we have our fear and reservations, being haunted by the awful experience of teachers between 1990 and 1994 when Primary education came under the control of the Local Government, when the school system witnessed poor funding and total neglect which led to industrial crisis because Local Government Councils failed to accord Primary Education the priority of place it deserved.
“We submit unequivocally again that any attempt made to handover Primary Education to Local Governments amounts to consigning Primary Education to the abyss of total collapse. This is inimical to national development,” Comrade Adebanjo emphasized.
He also called to establishment of National Primary Education Commission which shall be responsible for the payment of the salaries of teachers through the commission from deductions as first line charge from the Federation account.