Scores of private school owners in Apete and its environs in the Ido Local Government area of Oyo State yesterday called on Governor Seyi Makinde to save them from alleged intimidation, harassment and extortion by health workers. Protesting at the Correspondents’ Chapel Secretariat of the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ibadan, the placard-carrying school proprietors accused the health workers of highhandedness. Spokesperson for the protesters, Funmilayo Dada, said, “Inasmuch as one can appreciate the need to keep and maintain healthy environ-ments for the well-being of both staff and pupils in our schools, which should be the concern of the health workers, the exercise of routine inspection has been turned to cash-cow by the government officials.
“Rather than engaging in inspection and point out identified inadequacies towards correction and improvement, the health workers are going about demanding for money from us and refusal to oblige their request summarily attracts closure of schools with padlock keys they carry about and threat of court action. “To worsen the matter, the health workers were fixated on a particular and specific amount that a school owner must part with, failure of which led to closure of such a school