By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has disagreed with the claim of the state leadership of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, that the arrest of the Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo and Accountant-General, Yemisi Owolabi, is responsible for the delay in the payment of workers’ salaries.
The party said it is unfortunate that the labour leaders, including those of TUC and NUT, have conspired with state government to sabotage the interest of their members.
Berating the labour leaders for choosing to be alleged moles used by Governor Ayodele Fayose to deny the workers their entitlements, APC said the Labour leaders have become willing tools of oppression in the hands of the governor .
The State Chairman of TUC, Odunayo Adesoye, had in company of other Labour leaders, last week, said that the bailout cash over which the officials were arrested was spent judiciously in line with the agreement the workers reached with Governor Fayose.
Adesoye also argued that the arrest of the officials was unjustified, even as he lamented that keeping the officials in EFCC custody was causing delay in the payment of workers salary.
But responding in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the Publicity Secretary of APC, Taiwo Olatunbosun, regretted that a labour union that is supposed to be the vanguard of solidarity for workers to enjoy full service benefits had become collaborators in the unjustified denial of workers of their benefits in support of the governor.
The party noted that this was not the first time TUC officials were working at cross purposes with its Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, counterpart in the fight for salary payment, arguing that the accusation of salary delay by the arrest of the officials by EFCC was one in the series of ‘conspiratorial collaborations’ between a section of labour to mislead the public.
“It is common knowledge that a section of the labour movement has compromised their office in the protection of workers’ interest, but Fayose should not hide under the arrest of Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo; and Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi, for non-payment of salary.
“Ojo is not a signatory to any salary account as there are two other alternate signatories, who include Director, Funds Management,” the party said.