Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress are planning a mass rally on Wednesday in the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta, over Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s sacking of 35 labour leaders in the state.
The notice, which was issued by the state NLC Chairman, Comrade, Akeem Ambali, on Tuesday said the rally would hold at the state secretariat of the congress at 9a.m. It will be adderessed by the presidents of NLC, TUC and Joint Negotiating Council.
Amosun had on Tuesday ordered the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the panel a panel of enquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers at the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration. The decision to dismiss the labour leaders was conveyed its position in a statement signed by the Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi.
Among those dismissed are Ambali; 15 other leaders of the labour union; as well as 19 NUT chairmen in local governments across the state.
The government directed the appropriate agencies, including Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board and Teaching Service Commission, to implement the approved recommendations with immediate effect.
The statement claimed that government received complaints from concerned members of the public against some public and civil servants allegedly involved in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration.
It found the dismissed workers guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c & d) and 04406 (a).
Apart from Ambali, who was until his dismissal Deputy Director, Community and Social Development, Sagamu Local Government, the state NUT Chairman, Comrade Dare Ilekoya, was also dismissed.
The list included 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 placed on suspension are Comrade Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Comrade Atiku E. T, Comrade Adegbesan J.O, Comrade Adelami S.I, Comrade Obadara O, Comrade Ogunnuga O.A, Comrade Ayokambi T.A, Comrade Tijani A.A, and Comrade Adegbesan J. Ola.
The government also suspended Comrade Idowu A.O, Comrade Olaifa O.A, Comrade Bayo Lasore, Comrade Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Comrade Tijani Y.A, Comrade Awode I.A, Comrade Dada O.A, and Comrade Adesanya Abiola A.
The NLC chairman was accused of being the brain behind the political campaign rally that held during the Teachers’ Day programme.
“He actively gave interviews, press statements and met several times with politicians in preparation for the D-Day. In his goodwill address to NUT on 5th October, 2016, he gave inflammable and scandalous speech, lambasting the state government which is a risk to peace and security of the state. He knowingly partook in the charade,” the panel submitted in its report.
But in a swift reaction, Ambali described Amosun’s reaction as “executive recklessness and abuse of all statutory laws”
The sacked NLC Chairman said in a statement that he was never summoned by any panel of inquiry constituted by the state government, adding that he received the news of his dismissal on phone.
He said, “The attention of the leadership was just drawn to the purported dismissal through phone calls.
“We are calling on our ever committed workers to remain at home and not be intimidated by this action that was against all norms of democratic and fair hearing. I have never been summoned by any panel and this clearly shows how autocratic and deceitful the government of Ibikunle Amosun is.
“Our cause for this strike is legitimate, just and right. They have only shown their true colours and this new approach is unprecedented in the history of this country, as no state governor has done what they are doing to us in Ogun State. Their past draconian efforts have never yielded any fruits, so also will be this move to cage us in Ogun state.
“We only want to warn that they should not set this state on fire, even as we urge our members to remain calm and just stay at home. Aluta continua!”