Edo NLC Join National Strike Despite Government’s No Work, No Pay Threat

oshiomholeThe Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday said all member unions are fully committed to the compliance of a nationwide strike directive from the national body.

Chairman of the chapter, Comrade Emma Ademokun, stated this in his address during a rally organised by labour at the King’s Square in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as most private establishments in Edo State opted out of the industrial action.

Meanwhile, the Edo State government has directed workers in the state public service to shun the strike and stay at their duty posts, warning that any worker who shuns work under the guise of strike will forfeit his or her pay.

The government in a statement by the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor said “all public schools and institutions are expected to remain open as school is in session.

The statement further said Heads of Departments and Parastatals are directed to keep records of workers’ attendance for further action.

It added that workers in Edo State Public Service should be aware that the current strike is “illegal” as the National Industrial Court had issued a restraining order on the strike.

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions Board

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions BoardGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has scrapped the Edo State Pensions Board following the uncovering of fraudulent activities concerning the payment of pensions and gratuities.

Governor Oshiomhole, in a statement, directed members of the Pensions Board to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Governor Oshiomhole also sent the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Jerry Obazele and Permanent Secretary, Information and Communications Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa on retirement.

The Governor subsequently appointed Mrs Gladys Idahor as the new Head of Service in Edo State.

Oshiomhole Retires Head Of Service, Perm-Sec

Oshiomhole Retires Head Of Service, Perm-SecGovernor Adams Oshiomhole has directed the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Jerry Obazele, to proceed on retirement.

The retirement of the officials was revealed on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Peter Okhiria.

According to the statement, “the Permanent Secretary, Information and Communication Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa, has been retired, while “the Director Software, Edo State Information and Communication Technology Agency, Mr Toju Onaiwu, has been suspended”.

“All members of the Edo State Pensions Board are hereby directed to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Okhiria also hinted that Governor Oshiomhole had appointed Mrs Gladys Idahor as the new Head of Service in Edo State.