The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, has called on wealthy Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola and others to come to the aid of the Osun State workers by donating food items to them because of the hardship they are going through.
Mr. Jacob Adekomi made the appeal in an interview with news men in Osogbo on Friday.
Adekomi, who lauded the Christian Association of Nigeria for seeking food aid for the workers, added that it would be hypocritical to claim that they did not need help from outside at this time. If we recall, the osun state government under the leadership of Gov. Aregbesola have not paid workers’ salaries for the past seven months.
Adekomi said, “The call by the CAN that people should donate food to workers is okay. That will somehow ameliorate the suffering of our people. It is welcome. There is nothing wrong with it.
“In fact, labour unions will soon go out to solicit help from well-meaning Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Femi Otedola and non-governmental organisations.
“We will reach out to them to give us food so that our members and their families will not die of hunger. We need help! Tell me, how much can a civil servant save that will last him for seven months? Our people are hungry and we need help.
“Ramadan is fast approaching. We need food so that our members who will observe the Ramadan will have something to break their fast. Many have been undergoing compulsory fasting, but at least when you fast, you have to break.”
On June 12, Human right activists and osun workers staged a protest in Osogbo the capital of the state. The protesters marched from Igbona area to Olaiya Junction in Osogbo where they addressed journalists. The protest was in orderliness with the policemen on standby even though there was heavy traffic as a result of the protest.
Protesters Armed with placards with various inscriptions such as: “Pay workers and pensioners their entitlements,” and “Aregbesola, bring back our money,” the protesters said they had to use the June 12 Day to seek support for the workers who they described as oppressed.
The Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, Mr. Sulaiman Alimi, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had failed the people of the state.
He said that blaming the past government for the financial crisis in the state was an act of irresponsibility on the part of the current administration.
Alimi called on the governor to resign, saying he should no longer continue in office since he could not find a solution to the problem.
He said, “I want to say it emphatically that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has failed the people of Osun State because he created this problem by mismanaging the allocation which accrued to the state. This is why he has not been able to pay workers for seven to eight months.”
“I am using this medium to advise Aregbesola to resign honourably from office before he will be sent out of the state. The governor has failed in his responsibility and the people can no longer bear the untold hardship any longer.”
However, we are waiting for the next step that Aregbesola will take on this.