…as Ogun NLC describes the threat as empty
By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has warned the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, not to come to the state to lead workers’ protest against the government.
Amosun gave the warning on Thursday while featuring on a live radio programme.
Amosun who accused Wabba of coming to play politics in the state with the proposed protest, advised him to go and play the politics in his State.
He noted that workers in the state were happy with his administration as their salaries and entitlements are being paid as at when due.
NLC had given notice to the state government in respect of its decision to embark on protest on March 5th, 2019, to press home the workers’ demand for the payment of all outstanding salaries and entitlements, as well as reinstatement of sacked labour leaders.
Reacting to the threat by the Amosun that the organized labour should not embark on the planned protest, the Ogun State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Akeem Ambali, described it as a desperate move by a government whose lies and propaganda had been exposed.
Ambali, who made the reaction through a press statement, said, “The sudden vituperation by Senator Amosun betrayed his inability to handle industrial Labour Relations maturely in line with Global Practices.
“Labour wish to state that the empty threats and denial of evident diversion of bailout funds by the federal government Paris funds Refund which was meant for payment of backlog of unpaid deductions like Cooperative , shilling fund, ileya and Xmas savings of Ogun Workers running into billions of Naira.
“Refusal to pay salary and allowances of TASCE Omu Workers and Proscription illegally of Trade Unions in Omu. Fraudulent diversion of Ogun Workers Contributory Pension Deductions running into 105 months the highest in Nigeria. Reduction of Retirees Gratuity against Pension Laws, Unpaid Gratuities to Public Servants in Ogun State.
“Threats to life of Labour Leaders, suspension and dismissal of Labour Leaders without following due process in other to cow and crippled Labour Unions to enable him continue this Anti Labour policies cannot be seen by any reasonably mind as just nor a Godly or tagged political move by Labour against Government”.
Ambali added that, “Labour therefore wish to counsel Ogun State government that instead of resulting to blackmail , intimidation and brigandary to oppress workers, it will be more honourable to adopt a mature approach of dialogue with Labour before Tuesday 5th March to resolve these issues as no man has a monopoly of power and wisdom most especially when this immunity covered position will expire within three months.
“Ogun State indigenes does not want to be tagged as citizens of State notorious of disparaging, insulting elders , national and global leaders but mature , civilized and intelligently led people.”
The State labour leader notify all security agencies to be more vigilant and provide security covers to all labour leaders to prevent their assassination before, during and after the ‘mother of all protest’ coming up next week Tuesday.
While the Ogun NLC wish to state that since Governor Amosun was already aware of the postponement of the peaceful rally to Tuesday 5th March his Macho man interview was unnecessary.
He reiterated that the despite the threat by the state government, the protest will go as planned on Tuesday and call on all courageous Ogun State workers, retirees, veterans and labour leaders to come out en mass to join all labour leaders to condemn and force Ogun State government to change this anti labour policies and programs.