Death rumour disrupts deworming of Ogun public schools students

Ogun State Civil Servants have embarked on an indefinite strike in compliance with the directive of the organized labour in the state. Students who reported at the various public schools in the state returned home as their teachers have joined the strike. Also traffic was light on most of the major roads in the state as workers in the state public sector stayed away from official duties. Chairman of the state public service negotiating council, Abiodun Olakanmi, issued the directive in Abeokuta on Wednesday, at the end of an emergency meeting of the labour leaders. Union leaders later distributed circular on the strike to civil servants on Wednesday However, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, accusing the organizer of the planned strike of having a political agenda, said he would not allow labour leaders, individuals and groups with selfish interests to disrupt his Administration. Amosun speaking at the Town hall meeting on the proposed 2017 Budget in Abeokuta, directed civil servants who are using their official position to play politics to resign and join political parties. He promised to use all powers at his disposal to fight any plot aims at frustating the progressive work and mission of his Administration in Ogun State. Earlier, the state government had declared the proposed strike illegal, threatening to invoke the principle of no work no pay against any of the civil servants who join the strike. In their intervention, the state’s paramount rulers promised to bring the governor and the labour leaders to a roundtable to iron out differences over the issue. The paramount rulers, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, and the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle at a news conference in Abeokuta, said it was unethical for the unions to align with politicians, and to be used to disrupt the Amosun Administration for the purpose of 2019 polls. On the decision of the organise labour to walk out on them before the news conference, the paramount rulers described the action of the labour leaders as disrespectful. The labour leaders are demanding the payment of arrears of pension, gratuities and deduction from salaries of retired and serving civil servants in the state.

The take-off of free deworming of students in Ogun State’s public primary and secondary schools, has been disrupted by the rumour of the death of some of the students, administered with the drug.

The deworming programme was sponsored by the state government to improve the health of students in the state’s public schools.

For several hours on Wednesday morning, there was confusion in most of the schools in Abeokuta, the state capital, as parents besieged schools to withdraw their children, to prevent them from being dewormed.

The situation was the same in Sagamu and some other parts of the state.

The situation in some of the schools degenerated into level where some of the parents and the school authorities engaged in hot exchange of words.

Meanwhile, Ogun state government has asked parents to ignore the rumour that some students died during the ongoing deworming programme in schools in the state

Health commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, in an interview with Seyi Ipadeola, explained that the deworming exercise aims at aiding the growth and health status of children, and not to harm them in any way.

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