Ogun Govt. Dismisses NLC Chairman, 15 Others

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.

Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.

The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.

He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.

The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).

Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.

Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.

The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.

NLC Strike: Ogun, Oyo Workers Defy Labour’s Directive

nlcIn Ogun and Oyo states, low compliance followed the directive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)  for workers to go on strike to protest fuel price hike.

Workers in the Ogun State resumed for work as early as possible, although judicial workers were locked out of the gate.

Commercial activities were in full swing, while financial institutions opened for business.

Commenting on the development, the Chairman of Labour, Mr Akeem Ambali attributed the partial compliance to the decentralization of the exercise.

Similarly, workers at the Oyo State secretariat were also seen resuming work early Wednesday morning ready for the day’s job despite the strike.

Most of the banks and schools visited were also seen working.

Nevertheless, members of the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) took to the streets of Ibadan protesting the fuel hike.

The protest was led by NLC Chairman, Waheed Olojede; TUC Chairman, Adeolu Ali and Dr. Ademola Aremu of the Joint Action Front (JAF).

The peaceful procession started from the NLC office and moved through major streets within the city to create more awareness for the strike and enforce compliance.

The group moved from one area to another amidst tight security to prevent any breach of peace.

The union leaders were emphatic on the continuation of the strike till the national body says otherwise.

Public Schools, Banks Closed As NLC, JAF Protest In Osun

NLC, Strike, OsunResidents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital woke up to traffic gridlock and lull in commercial activities as members of the Nigerian Labour Congress and civil society groups under the  Joint Action Front (JAF) took to the streets.

Chanting solidarity songs, they protested the increase in the price of petrol in compliance with the directive of the NLC.

‎The protesters who mounted a roadblock at the Olaiya roundabout which is the major entry route into the town, also sat on the floor making it impossible for motorists to drive in and out of the state capital.

Back at the state secretariat in Abeere, some labour leaders were on standby preventing workers from gaining entrance into the premises.

Banks ‎and other government parastatals were shut, students of public schools were sent back home, while shops and market places in the town were half open for business activities.

While speaking with journalists during the protest, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi, said that the strike would go on as long as the government refuses to yield to their demands.

He noted that as far as they were concerned in Osun State, the strike has been successful.

The Chairman of ASUU in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, said, “Throughout Nigeria, we held a special congress yesterday and we have all resolved that this strike is indefinite and is total.

“We have resolved to pursue it until Federal Government listens to our voice. If they refuse to listen, we will not surrender too.”




Federal, State Civil Servants Join NLC Strike In Cross River

Workers-protestBoth federal and state civil servants in Calabar, the Cross River State capital joined in the nationwide NLC strike protesting the hike in petrol price.

Public schools as well as the state secretariat remained locked.

Labour unions took to major streets of Calabar in a solidarity walk carrying placards with different inscriptions to convey their disapproval over the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff by the Buhari-led administration.

The labour unions are demanding that the President see to it that the nation’s refineries begin to function and salaries of civil servants are increased before government can increase petroleum pump price.