By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—The organised labour and Osun State government are presently taking different stands on the current staff audit process going on in the state.
This followed claims by workers that the state government had asked them to present their primary school leaving certificates as part of the requirements for the ongoing exercise.
The state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Mr. Jacob Ade komi who said that the circular to that effect was issued last Tuesday, noted that although the ongoing staff audit was an agreement between the two parties, presentation of primary school leaving certificate was never part of the MOU signed.
Mr. Adekomi described the directive as a joke and urged the workers to ignore it and remain calm, maintaining that the verification exercise agreed upon has been finalised.
He further noted that what is expected of the state government now, is to pay their outstanding salary arrears as promised.
In a swift reaction, a former Commissioner for Integration And Special Duties in the state, Mr. Bashir Ajibola explained that contrary to views that the verification exercise is to retrench workers, its sole objective is to clean up pay roll.
Mr. Ajibola who pointed out that there are other requirements in the verification, said it was not peculiar to presentation of primary school leaving certificate alone as portrayed by the some workers.