Student groups, traders and artisans have joined others in appealing to the labour unions in Oyo State to end the ongoing strike for academic activities in public schools to resume.

A peace rally was organised by several artisan groups and student bodies in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday.

The aim of the protesters was to sue for continued peace, an end to the ongoing labour strike and garner support for the education policy of government.

Traders, artisans and students in their hundreds converged on the historic Mapo Hill and moved through major streets halting vehicular and human traffic in the process as they sang songs of peace and cooperation in the process.

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The crowd moved around from Mapo and ended up at the secretariat where the Governor received them.

Some of the leaders of groups represented at the rally spoke on the need to eschew violence and appealed to labour to end the ongoing strike.

Addressing the mammoth crowd at the secretariat, the Governor Abiola Ajimobi applauded the peaceful rally and charged them to continue to educate the people about government’s policy especially on education, stating emphatically that no school is up for sale in Oyo State.

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He charged those present to continue to educate the people and shun violence as the brigandage of yesteryear will not be allowed back into the state.

Gov. Ajimobi further appealed to labour to return to work to give room for further dialogue not only on the education policy but to also find ways of addressing the non-payment of salaries of workers.

Labour had held a similar rally on June 16 calling for a reversal of government’s intention to involve the private sector in public school administration in the state.

SOURCE:- Channels TV

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