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Osun Workers Defy Order On Resumption Of Work

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO

Public workers in Osun State on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, defied the directive of the labour leaders to resume duties after the seven-week-old strike over unpaid salaries.

The few workers that complied with the directive left for their homes after about two to three hours when the turnout was poor.

Only the top officials in the ministries were seen in their offices while gardners and cleaners were seen cutting the bushes around and dusting the offices to make them suitable for official duties.

Investigation revealed that those that refused to resume duty were those yet to receive alert of the payment of their salaries from January this year. It was learnt that their banks were yet to sent alert to the affected workers.

A visit to the Government Secretariat revealed that the entire secretariat including the Bola Ige House, the seat of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has grown up with bushes; as the gardners were seen cutting the grasses.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Larooye II, has appealed to workers in the state to shift ground on their stand over the delay in the payment of salaries, describing the situation as unfortunate, adding that it was not the making of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The Ataoja of Osogbo who decried the propaganda being raised against the administration of Aregbesola over unpaid salaries, noted that the financial crisis being experienced was a national crisis that all hands must be deck to address the matter.

Oba Olanipekun, who maintained that Aregbesola administration has done so much for the people of the state especially Osogbo in the area of infrastructural facilities like roads, urban renewal programme, beuatification of the Osogbo, the state capital in particular the Osogbo Terminus of Nigerian Railway Corporation among others.

The traditional ruler, who addressed a press conference in his palace, cautioned politicians against making politics out of the current crisis, adding that the current economic challenges is beyond the government at the state.

He urged the workers to remember when the going was still good between them and the government, the administration was being good to workers; stressing that the present situation must not degenerate to state of crisis.

Oba Olanipekun urged the workers to reconsider their stand and return to work in the interest of the state and in particular students in the public schools.