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Osun TUC Factional Leaders Reconcile

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 12:57 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti –  Osogbo


The leadership crisis rocking the Osun State Chapter of Trade Union Congress (TUC) may have finally been resolved following the intervention of the national secretariat of the union.

The union has been in crisis for more than two years following the refusal of the former Chairman of the union, Comrade Francis Oladele Adetunji, to relinquish power to the new Chairman, Comrade Akinyemi Olatunji.

The crisis, it would be recalled, has divided the labour movement in the state following declaration and counter declaration of strike action over the non-payment of workers’ salaries running to four months.

National President of TUC, Comrade Bala Kaigama, led the executive committee members to the Osogbo, Osun State capital, where the amicable resolution was reached to put the impasse off the union.

Accompanied by Secretary General of the union, Comrade Musa Lawal, Kaigama noted that the union has decided to put the impasse behind it and move forward.

He said the main focus of the union at present was to jointly face the common enemy of the workers.

Kaigama said the aggrieved faction of the union has sheathed its sword, adding that peace has been restored to TUC in Osun State.

“I want to happily announce to you today, that TUC is one and indivisible body under the leadership of Comrade Olatunji.

“We can now brace up and face the challenges ahead of us. We can now unite and fight for salary of our workers,” he added.

The TUC boss, who also appealed to the workers to work together with Olatunji, stressed that unity of the union would fast-track progress and development.

Speaking to newsmen after the reconciliation parley, Kaigama expressed optimism that Nigeria’s problem would be resolved.

He opined that the current scarcity of fuel is an artificial problem that will soon be solved.

He, however, appealed to Nigerians to endure till May 29, urging the coming administration to dig deep into the issue of petroleum in the country.

Before now, the two warring leaders had been giving contradictory orders and directives, hence creating division within the labour movement.

Recently, the two groups caused chaos at the state secretariat when one group moves against the strike action called by the other.

At the peace meeting, Comrade Adetunji handed over the key of the union’s bus and state secretariat of the union to Kaigama who in turn handed it over to the current Chairman, Olatunji.

The handing over of the key signaled the end to the division in the trade union in the state.