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NLC condemns sack of Ogun labour leaders



The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Lagos State Council, on Wednesday condemned the dismissal of the Ogun State chairman of NLC and 15 others by the state government.

Tokunbo Korodo, the Lagos State Council Chairman of NLC, made the condemnation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday approved the dismissal of the state chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, his deputy, Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismal of the labour leaders was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate alleged misconduct of executive members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers on the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration.

The event held on October 5, at the NUT Hall, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Ogun workers, however, believe the leaders were dismissed for spearheading an ongoing workers’ strike.

According to Mr. Korodo, the dismissal of the labour leaders is contrary to the rule of law.

“The sack of workers’ leaders in Ogun State is wrong; it is not done in a democratic setting.

“We, in the Lagos council, condemn the act; we are advising the Ogun State Government to reinstate the sacked workers to avoid the wrath of other labour unions in the state.

“We are appealing to the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to put his state in order.

“What is happening in Ogun State can set the state on fire if nothing is done to reverse it in time,” he said.

“The government should emulate other state governments that have resolved their labour issues without sacking any of their worker leaders,” he said.