Afenifere backs policy, demands palliatives
The Pan Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has backed the deregulation policy, charging government to reel out palliatives.
Its Secretary General, Asiwaju Seinde Arogbofa, said had anticipated the scenario a long time ago.
He, however, blasted the Federal Government for its ‘lackadaisical and non-committal attitudes to the yearnings of the masses’.
“If people have received some palliatives before this time, the issue of the deregulation would have been better understood. And if his public relations people have really educated the people, perhaps this kind of protest would not have occurred.”
Nevertheless, the Afenifere chieftain averred that the deregulation is a good development and lauded President Muhammad Buhari for taking such decisive step, saying “my own opinion is that if it will make things better for this country, why not?”
Meanwhile, secondary school students in Ondo State have cautioned organised labour against compelling public servants to embark on nationwide strike, saying the current action was put them in great pains.
A 15 year-old student of CAC Grammar School, Akure who identified herself as Iyanuoluwa Badmos, said it was hellish for her and contemporaries to get on Wednesday when the industrial action began obviously due to high cost of transport fares.
Badmos, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) 1 science student, told The Guardian that they arrived school only for them to be denied teaching due to the no-work directive from labour leaders.
“We were just playing and loitering around the school compound since morning that we resumed, our teachers refused to enter our classrooms saying that there is strike,” she added.