Ekiti Assembly robbing workers for union protests
On Tuesday, the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission fired 21 of its staff for a variety of crimes, including irregular appointments, truancy, and other allegations that violate conditions of service.
Commission chairman Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun, who said this in a statement to Ado-Ekichi, said the decision was made in line with a staff audit report conducted as part of an effort to reorganize the commission for efficient service delivery.
He added that the audit, which began last year with the recruitment of the current members of the Board, included the services of auditors for complaints, campaigning and petitions from staff on allegations of absence from work, arbitrary promotions and appointments. officials above colleagues regardless of the service scheme.
“An audit that identified some violations, including hiding, altering and distorting files, promoting employees without due process of law, employees unlawfully detained in the system after the expiration of their term of office, arbitrary transfer of service without cognitive experience, members of excess staff, irregular appointments / service without approval, cases of document forgery, arbitrary appointment of officers with complete indifference to the service program, etc.
“The results of the report have since been discussed with the executive staff of the Commission and the government office of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
“The Commission would like to point out that the scheduled personnel checks were carried out in good faith, with no intention of revenge, witch hunts or persecution of anyone.
“It is equally important to note that this event will help the Commission restructure, change the situation and bridge the generation gap at the plant.”
As a result, 21 laid-off workers have filed a protest with the State House of Assembly for their “unfair dismissal” from their jobs in the House of Representatives.
The protest, led by union leaders, took place at the assembly facility, where they sang a series of derisive songs to scold the Ekiti State Assembly Commission for their actions.
Addressing laid-off workers, Secretary of the Ekiti State Joint Bargaining Council, com. Gbenga Olovoyo, said it was wrong that the Commission quickly sent the names of the injured workers to the chief accountant so that they would not pay them salaries during the negotiations. lasted.
He said: “We are here to voice our opposition to the disciplinary dismissal of 21 members of the House of Assembly. While the Commission denies firing anyone, this is not true.
“We learned from a reputable source that they passed their names on to the general accountant to interrupt their paycheck and also denied access to the assembly facility, even though they had been working and paid for 10 years.
“We are not saying that the Commission can control its staff, but it should be with a human face. We will fight to the end. We are not afraid of persecution. All government officials will join them in solidarity. We are building our careers here and will not allow any politician to destroy us. “
The secretaries of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), com. Lawrence Kuluogan & Nigeria Workers’ Congress (NLC), com. Taiwo Akinemi said firing these workers was not only inhuman, but shameful for the employees.
They said, “This is injustice, harassment and shame against our workers. We buried dozens of our workers at Ekiti State University. The same thing happened at Ekiti State University Clinical Hospital. It’s because of the bag, but here in the meeting we’re not ready to bury anyone.
“The Commission should return to the status quo. They must no longer distribute any letters and must return those that have already been sent to our workers so that they can live a good and dignified life. “