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While enforcing the nationwide strike called by public workers on Monday, officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress disrupted examinations at the Ondo State School of Health Technology, Akure.

The institution had begun its second semester exams for the students since last week, and had continued to with some of the courses on Monday morning despite the strike called by labour to press home their demand for an acceptable minimum wage.

This action followed an earlier warning issued by the association’s main body on Friday, May 31, 2024, with the announcement that the strike would commence Monday, June 3, 2024.

The Chairman of the TUC in Ondo State, Clement Fatuase, said exemption was only granted to WAEC and INEC.

Students of the institution had arrived early to their exams and the paper was already well underway when the labour unions stormed the school campus and ordered the stoppage of the exercise.

The students who were obviously frustrated expressed surprise that they were not allowed to conclude the exams, at least for the day.

A nursing student, who was simply identified as Titilope, said, “We have already started writing when they came to scatter everything.

“We were not allowed to finish our paper. It is our second semester exams.”

The students were seen walking away from the school premises after the disruption.

The Chairman of the Ondo State NLC, Victor Amoko, confirmed the total total compliance with the strike, noting that both public and private sectors were effectively shut down, in Akure.

“We are receiving reports about the affiliated unions, and they are doing well, even though the strike has only just begun for 7 hours. We are making good progress as all schools are closed down,” he said.

“We have made a good start. If you go out there, you will find that the majority of our public and private offices are closed, and there is no work happening. Our construction chairmen are here to provide us with updates.”

Mr Fatuase, on his part, explained that the level of compliance in both public and private sectors in the state was encouraging.

He also urged members to unite in the fight for the betterment of workers.

Mr Fatuase said that the union’s discussions with the state government, particularly regarding the exemption of WAEC and INEC officials, should not be seen as a compromise, but as a consideration of their proposed timetable to complete their tasks.

“The message is, let’s fight this once and for all and win it once and for all,” he added.

” Although we met with the Ondo state government yesterday and had extensive discussions about the strike, we granted them an exemption to ensure the completion of the WAEC and INEC officials’ work.”

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