Organized Labour unions in Ondo State have accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of attempting to disrupt the prevailing peace being enjoyed in the state.
The union also accused the party of planning to disrupt the existing robust relationship between governor. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and workers in the state.
The Labour Unions are reacting to a statement credited to the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya over the alleged N795m budgeted for gift in he Akeredolu’s 2017 budget.
Adesanya accused the civil servants in the state of padding the said amount into the budget without the governor’s knowledge.
The labour movement comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, and the Joint Public service Negotiating Council, JNC, in a statement in Akure described the comment attributed to the APC spokesperson as unfortunate and a calculated attempt to distabilise the governance in Ondo state by accusing civil servants who were the major engine room of good governance of corruption.
The statement which was jointly signed by the chairmen of the three unions namely NLC’s Bosede Daramola, TUC’s Soladoye Ekundayo and JNC’s Sunday Adeleye, indicated that without being immodest, workers of the state were decent, dedicated and conversant with the extant rules and regulations guiding their employment.
The labour unions cautioned Adesanya to desist from seeking cheap popularity by misinforming the public while he should verify his facts and figures before addressing the press on government’s policies and documents, as no money budgeted that had not followed the due process.
The Unions demanded that the APC spokesman should immediately retract the misleading statement that could cause crisis in the runnings of the government and urged Governor Akeredolu to call him to order as he doesn’t know the workings of government.
The Labour Unions, noted that “the consequence of Mr. Abayomi Adesanya’s flawed comment on the 2017 budget of Ondo State is to disrupt the prevailing peace in the state on one hand and the existing robust and harmonious relationship between workers and Governor Akeredolu’s administration”.
The statement reads, “Though we are not ready to join issues with any personality, group or institution but we want to state it unequivocally that the said statement is false and malicious meant to bring workers of Ondo State into disrepute. Therefore workers’ duty include, among others, uniting with the government of the day to build a robust and viable state that has always been a reference point among the comity of states in Nigeria.
“Ondo State workers in conjunction with their counterpart nationwide are at the forefront of the crusade against corruption, we will not in any form, no matter the status of the personality involved, condone or aid corrupt practice.”