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Oyo State urges Unpaid Workers to Apologize to Gov. Ajimobi & Stop Being “insensitive and confrontational” as Negotiations Continue

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

Governor Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Government has said that the 10-month old agreement it had with organised labour in the state over unpaid salaries subsisted, warning them to refrain from confrontation.

This is contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Ismael Alli, a former Secretary to the State Government and leader of the government delegation and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday.

“We urge labour leaders to embrace dialogue and consultation instead of issuing threats and ultimatum of strike.

“As stakeholders they should brainstorm on how to bail the state out of its financial predicament,” it said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that labour leaders and the Joint Negotiating Council had on March 29 issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to meet with them over unpaid salaries and pension.

The state government had consequently convened a meeting with the labour leaders on March 31 and Friday, April 1 respectively.

Alli said in the statement that both parties had agreed that the 10-month-old agreement subsisted.

“At the meeting on Friday, the state government reaffirmed its compliance with the subsisting agreement with labour whereby 90 per cent of allocation from the Federation Account is devoted to payment of salaries and wages of workers on monthly basis,” he said.

The former SSG also observed that the present conduct of labour was at variance and in total disregard to due process, labour law and practices.

According to him, government believes that the labour leaders are being insensitive and confrontational.

“The labour leaders used the opportunity of the meeting to apologize to Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“They denied the allegations and apologized accordingly. They assured the government of cooperation and maintenance of industrial harmony in the state,’’ the statement quoted Alli as saying.

He said that the labour leaders painstakingly explained that the ultimatum was misunderstood, denying any attempt to ridicule the governor or imperil the pervading industrial harmony in the state.

He said that the apology had been accepted by the government and the governor, who had directed that the subsisting agreement be adhered to pending the exploration of avenues to improve the revenue of the state.

Alli said that both parties had agreed to explore regular consultations, dialogue and due process as they jointly seek solutions to the poor position of the state’s finance, attributed for the five months’ salary owed workers.

The former SSG disclosed that a consultative committee comprising labour and government representatives had been set up to harmonise the current available revenue allocation.

The committee would also recommend the best way forward in the face of the state’s dwindling revenue, he said.

“We need to jointly and urgently employ strategies of eliminating ghost workers from the salary bill of our workers as well as identification, arrest and prosecution of fraudsters within the system.

“In the spirit of collective responsibility, both parties have agreed to collaborate and evolve ways of blocking all financial leakages in the system with a view to jacking up the internally generated revenue of the state.

“A more positive and creative disposition is critical for turning around these times of adversity.

“It was resolved that all concerned should have learnt some lessons after this brief period of unnecessary and avoidable altercation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Waheed Olojede, Oyo State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the negotiation was ongoing and that a committee had just been set up to meet regularly over the matter.

“The last paragraph of the agreement stated that the Memorandum of Understanding was subject to review from time to time at regular meetings.

“This is why we issued an ultimatum for a meeting between the government to review the agreement in line with the prevailing economic situation and the dwindling federal allocation to the state,” he said.

The NLC chairman denied that labour leaders apologised to government on the matter, saying that the ultimatum issued was a tool of industrial practices.

“The claim by government that labour has agreed to the 10 month MoU as subsisting was false.

“I wish to state that much as another round of negotiation between government and labour has commenced, it has negated the one under reference.

“Let it be noted that negotiation is ongoing and it resumes on Monday as agreed by government and labour as at the last adjournment last Friday.

“Let me also state that an ultimatum is a veritable instrument of industrial relation practice it, therefore, calls for no apology from labour for using its legal instrument,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

39 Comments

  1. Oga o

    April 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    This dude spent millions on his daughters wedding in Lebanon. But his state is broke.

    • nonsense

      April 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      He and his family’s punishment is still doing press up, the time it will fire ehn, nothing will be able to help them. Insensitive mofos

  2. Addy

    April 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Such a pity! Clearly on a power trip…and his daughter flaunts her life on Instagram…empty vessel!

    Do right by your people!

    • Lagos is my home

      April 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Instagram and facebook is not enough that she had to open a website which is all about flaunting what she has …..

      How shallow and sad, everyday for the thief one day for the owner. I believe one day Nigeria will get to where we will collect or demand for what be stolen

  3. nene

    April 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    aplogize for what? is he mad? he should tell his daughter to apologise for flaunting her wealth on instagram. nonsense!

    • Yetu

      April 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Abi ooo…please what work has she done to earn any wealth. We need to stop glorifying thieves

    • keke driver

      April 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      They even have the effrontery to warn civil servants…..chei civil servants have suffered ooo

  4. Abbie

    April 2, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Did I hear u say her wealth, where does she work. Thieves!!!

  5. jide

    April 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    His daughter’s Aquazzura collection alone can feed oyo state. I mean who buys the same shoe in 7 colors? None other than abisola kola-daisi omo ajimobi. Lmao. Fiddling while Rome burns.

    • Chuchu

      April 3, 2016 at 3:39 am

      Who else buys the same shoe in different colours if not the children of a political robber like Ajumobi. Stupid parent that did not educate their children about life and God and geniue happiness apart from wealth.

  6. mrs chidukane

    April 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    That is why I personally refused to enter for her yeye giveaway for her birthday on Instagram. She gave away shoes and bags worth thousands of dollars but I couldn’t justify partaking in stolen money. God forbid. I’m not perfect but I don’t endorse oppression or stealing. You haven’t paid salaries but your daughter wore Elie Saab for her court wedding! Onye oshi

    • Egusi Soup

      April 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Haba. Its not stolen money. Everyone thats from Oyo knows that the Ajimobis have been rich for like 2 generations. It is old money she is flexing. She owns a boutique, her husband’s family is rich, her dad was a former senator. Ejo free her. They’ve been flexing ever since

    • Jaygirl

      April 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      Egusi soup…..really? So two generations is old money to you? How are they sustaining this so called old money? Who do you think pays senators? Have u given any thought to the workers who haven’t been paid? Do u know they have children too? I just hope you are not one of the gullible sycophants following them on instagram for shoe and bag giveaways.
      Never heard of these people but just logged on to instagram to see if the comments above were true. They are busy flaunting wealth while he expects others to apologise before they receive the fruit of their labour. God save our nation.

    • Alexa

      April 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Na only you make sense. Every other comment is typical Naija flow. She is married to a rich man for Gods sake and we see many ladies wearing the same stuffs. Is it her crime her Dad is a Governor ? So she should start pretending and live a fake life. Mtcheeew. By the way I work for Oyo state so don’t say I’m not in the workers shoe.

    • Sandra

      April 3, 2016 at 12:08 am

      The lies they tell…old money from where to where na. Yes they were always comfortable but not to the designer level Abi buys now.
      Leave story for Tortoise

    • Chuchu

      April 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Shut your mouth! Even his last daughter flaunt wealth like Bill gate’s daughter.

    • Lilo

      April 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      How much does Kola Daisi have again? Please stop spewing crap jare

    • Lilo

      April 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Be careful of freebies from these ritualists o. Free Chanel bag next thing, ends don’t meet again. All her designer crap, she can’t find a hood mixologists to blend her knuckles and heels. We see how dark her dad is, her mom, medium caramel. Her siblings caramel. Abi, outright yellow. Your knees , toes and fingers are a giveaway boo boo…call dencia to help you. Instagram filters did you in.

  7. susa

    April 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The audacity of this animal! Seriously? Its not like they are asking for a salary increase.! Nigeria is a f-d up place really. I’m sure OYO state people will never make the mistake of voting the same governor in for second term.

  8. Egusi Soup

    April 3, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Yo, I’m not justifying what his doing right. I’m just saying point at him not his daughter. She’s not the one in power. Nobody voted her into power. I’m from Oyo I know how people are suffering and its some how their fault. In his first term the guy didn’t do anything. Last year they had a chance to vote him out, instead they were busy doing APC AJIMOBI, APC AJIMOBI because of rice and cabin biscuit.
    But please leave her oh, let us continue collecting our shoe.

    • Josephine

      April 3, 2016 at 1:00 am

      Don’t because of free shoes justify nonsense. It makes you no better than those who collect bags of rice, recharge cards or N200 to sell their vote. What old money? In their dreams. Thanks for the laughs. And 2 generations of wealth can never be so flashy but I’ll humor you and imagine in a fake world that its true. Knowing her father is now in govt and not paying workers decency should prevail and she should chill or be told to chill.

    • Luqman

      April 3, 2016 at 9:57 am

      There is nothing that can just justify their flauting of wealth when they haven’t even paid the salaries of the workers. He is a Muslim and according to his own scripture, it says that workers’ salaries must be paid before their sweat dried off which he hasn’t fulfilled. I am from Ibadan too and I could tell you the little I knew about Ajimobi. Do you know how long he took him to select caretakers for the all local government? It took him forever to do so and he was pocketing their allocations for several months. Do you know that he collected money from those chairmen before they were selected? So how do you expect them to perform their duties without sourcing for their remitted fund? OYO has never voted for any incumbents before and we have made a vital mistake in breaking the record. They are all the same except Buhari that I still trust.
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  9. *curious*

    April 3, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Not sure if i should *lol* or *smh*

    Oya oo, e yin labour leaders, render an apology.
    Btw, has the governor apologized on behalf of his government for the unpaid wages? Has he apologized to the workers for lacking the funds to pay their children’s school fees? Has he apologized to the workers for lacking the funds to pay house rent? Has he apologized….?

    In the name of Jesus, may corruption die a quick death in Nigeria. Amen.

  10. Chuchu

    April 3, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Him and his family will know no peace ! Even Akala’s children aren’t that proud and extravagant. From his first tenure I know Oyo people are in trouble,he owes my father, aunties,uncles months of salaries that he never pays. He will pay 1 month in five months.oloriiiibu. Epe ni n pa ole! Epe lima pa Ajumobi and his family.

  11. May

    April 3, 2016 at 1:02 am

    They should apologize before you give them what they labored for? They should apologize before you give them what they are entitled too that is in your possession? Really?!!!!! I can’t believe I just read this. Your daughter or whoever can flaunt whatever material things she wants but it wont come to this if you didn’t deny them or paid them on time. All these pple in power don’t have conscience o. How do you expect them to cater for themselves if you don’t pay them and you are asking for an apology. Of course they are angry and will do whatever to get your attention…. Only in NIGERIA! Can’t even imagine this.

    • susa

      April 3, 2016 at 1:26 am

      It is honestly sickening! Nigeria is a mess!

  12. Pretty girl

    April 3, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Hmmmmmmmmmm see what a someone is saying they should apologize Maka why na. These people they should fear God oh u are busy eating people’s sweat and u are telling them to apologize it is well

  13. Patrick Bruno-Oshiokpekhai

    April 3, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Pay them what they have worked. To beg a Governor, who put him there? Nigerians don’t know what powers they have.

  14. bbbbbb

    April 3, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Buhari don’t forget to investigate this family oooo.

  15. letty

    April 3, 2016 at 3:18 am

    HIS DAUGHTER HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SHALLOW VAPID WOMEN AROUND…FLAGRANTLY FLAUNTING MONEY MISS ROAD ATTRIBUTES ..MUSING ABOUT WHERE SHE WANTS TO SPEND HER NEXT VACATION IN ORDER TO INTIMIDATE HER MINIONS….INTIMIDATING HER FRIENDS AND NAME DROPPING AND DISPLAYING USELESS DESIGNER.LABELS…LIKE THAT IS WHAT GUVES GER CHARACTER..SHE IS UNIMAGINABLY MATERIALISTIC, VAINGLORIOUS AND DOWNRIGHT ARROGANT AND IT IS A VERY PITIFUL SIGHT TO BEHOLD…PPL WHO HAVE HAD MONEY FOR DECADES DO NOT ACT SO IGNORANTLY LIKE HIS MINDLES VACUOUS DAUGHTER…MONEY MISS ROAD WITH NO CLASS IS DOWNRIGHT DEPLORABLE…WHEN PPL CAN LOOK ALL AROUND THEM AND SEE GRINDING BACK BREAKING PPOVERTY AND STILL DISPLAY PRIDE AND LASCIVIOUSNESS AND ARE IMMUNE TO THE DESPAIR OF OTHERS SHUDDER . THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DON’T RAISE UR KIDS RIGHT

    .JUST LIJE SADE OKOYA WHO TAKES PICTURES OF HERSRLF AND CREATED A WEBSITE SO HER PSYCHOPHANTS CAN ADMIRE HER..WHILE HIS KIDS WHOSE BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS BUILT ELEGANZA REMAIN DOWN TO EARTH..YET YOU WON’T HEAR A PEEP FROM THEM..REAPING WHERE SHE DIDNT SOW..I JUST HAD TO DRAG SADE OKOYA INTO THISS EVEN THOUGH ITS A DIGRESSION…BUT THEY ARE ALL CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH…PRIDE GOES BEFORE A FALL…PEOPLE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT BEING VAIN AND VAPID.

    BN DON’T DELETE THIS IT IS A TEACHING MOMENT! SORRY I HAD TO USE CAPS FOR EMPHASIS

    • Lolzzz

      April 3, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      You really got it! Minions!! You need to see the way so called ‘big girls’ like that Foradora woman and Mrs Funke – were begging her for her shoes and bags. God help us. She was dangling vanity like a bone to dogs and Mama Agbayas were begging her! Chai! I tire. ???

  16. Oluwaseunfunmi

    April 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I didn’t know it has gotten to the stage pple have to apologise to get wat they deserve. God help our country…

  17. chichi

    April 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Nigeria is seriously going backwards. Where are we improving, when we ask grown men and woman who have been wronged and are mad and desperate that the only way out is to apologise? Basically kneel and beg for what is rightfully theirs. My heart is heavy, we are seriously made fools of and in the end we have to give in to live in peace. I just hope the young in these households have some sense and compassion for their fellow human being who is not rich like them, because they can influence their parents who have the power.

  18. Na wah

    April 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Abisola come and hold your father o!

  19. ElessarisElendil

    April 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Just want to point out that the headline is bait. Nowhere in the actual article does it actually state the governor asked them to apologise. Seems the labour leaders apologised of their own volition, which the NLC leader even denied.

    Further the salary issue can be easily traced; 90% of the Federal allocation is devoted to salaries(Scary IMO), federal allocation has dropped, so salaries are affected.

    “We urge labour leaders to embrace dialogue and consultation instead of issuing threats and ultimatum of strike.”

    What his representative actually said.

    Looks like a lot of people do not like his daughter though.

    S/N I keep saying it, but government employs too many people, this is just one of the disadvantages.?

    • motunde olumide

      April 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Pls Elendil, did u read the press release from the leader of govt delegation and the respense of the labour union in respect of the above issue? Wat a country.

  20. Sarah

    April 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The governor was an ex-employee of Mobil before politics. I doubt if he would have been able to afford Elie Saab’s dress for his daughter’s wedding from Mobil’s salary, except if he was an Executive Director then at Mobil. Nigerians need to stop seeing politicians as ‘Lords’. They are there to serve, but not to be served. Until that mindset changes, the political leaders will keep oppressing the people.

  21. e mi ni

    April 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    the ajimobi family are affluent and have had money for a while, florence ajimobi is part of one of the wealthiest lebanese families in lebanon and Ajimobi before he went into politics was a managing director in a former shell company.
    ajimobi publicly declared his assets when he became governor and was the first one to do so.
    for all the time i have known the family even before he became governor they have had money and been into business. the daughters have been hustling since young and have worked hard to make their own money.
    nairaland.com/705302/ajimobi-declares-assets-publicly-n292.4m

    it’s a shame about what is happening in oyo state with the workers salary and this is why the governor has been seeking to bring investment into the state to move the state away from dependence on federal allocation. noone who lives in oyo state can say that the state has not visually improved and there has not been an increase in jobs as more companies enter, because there has been. For the first in several years, people have actually been moving to Ibadan and staying there, because there is employment, crime has reduced and there are opportunities to make money. I believe he is laying a solid foundation for another governor to build upon, so oyo state can be great again.

    • Say what

      April 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      you must be an “insider” and you know what, your epistle argument holds NO WATER. Rubbish, Of course, beneficiaries of thieves must defend them. People are moving to Ibadan indeed, a city where a good chunk of its workers have not been paid for MONTHS and you are here writing STORY STORY STORY. Have you ever had to go without salary for a month, not to mention months ehn? Jo ma bi mi ninu this night. As I said earlier, the cry of the poor will reach the heavens and these wicked thieving robbing leaders will surely be judged. Kilode. Is it a crime to be born a Nigerian?

      If you like BN, do not post this comment you, na your way. Mschew.

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