By James Sowole in Akure
Organised Labour in Ondo State Thursday took a swipe at the state Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abayomi Adesanya, for alleging that civil servants were responsible for the padding of the stateâ€™s 2017 Budget with N795 million for government’s gifts without the knowledge of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The labour movement comprising of 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 credited to Adesanya as unfortunate and a clear calculated attempt to destabilise governance in the 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, said without being immodest, workers of the state are decent, dedicated and conversant with the extant rules and regulations guiding their employment.
They cautioned Adesanya to desist from seeking cheap popularity by misinforming the public but should verify his facts and figures before addressing the press on government’s policies and documents, adding that there was no money budgeted without following 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.