Some of Our Members Possess Fake Cerificates-Oyo TUC Chairman

Trade unions in Oyo state will not be able to defend will not be able to defend their members with fake certificates.


This declaration was made by the Chairman  Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, who doubles as the Chairman of the state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC)Comrade Olusola Ogundiran, in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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”Any worker  who is been owed salaries has the right to agitate and feel uncomfortable, and with that if information is not adequate, it gives room for insinuations. But what I want to tell our workers is that since the screening began we have not kept quiet and we know and we also agree that we cannot stop  our employer from  determining the quality and quantity of the workers it needs. So, with that in mind, we actually tag along with the Government to screen and, unfortunately some of our members did not allow us to fight this case straightforward because in actual fact and truthfully, some of our members possess fake certificates, with which they gained employment”.

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”We have met Government and the Government has agreed that once an individual knows that he or she was wrongfully alleged, one can vilify one’s self, by approaching the institution  that warded the certificate and explaining to them that the certificate issued has been alleged to be forged. So once the institution clears this, all well and good. A  lot of them have been let off the hook and have been reintegrated back into the payroll of the state Government”.

”Be that as it may, some also possess fake certificates which we cannot vouch for and that is a dent on the image of the workers of the state and that one has actually not given us the voice to accuse the Government on if the exercise is a witch hunt or delay tactics. But I want to correct one impression, the screening exercise that is going on, although it has taken long, is not a lay off exercise, it is a screening exercise”.

Comrade Ogundiran also disclosed that the state Government was still expecting allocation from Abuja that was why it was yet to pay salaries up to May. ”I can tell you that had it been  the additional funds been expected from Abuja has come, the state Government has shown its readiness and willingness to defray the salary arrears up till May, but unfortunately, that has not been. So, as at now we are still expecting salaries for the month of March it should have been done too, but we were rightly briefed that the Honorable Commissioner for Finance was a little bit indisposed, so the approval of the salaries is yet to come  from Mr. Governor, but hopefully before the week runs out workers will begin to receive alert for the month of March”, he concluded.

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Georgia Holmer testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.

By: Georgia Holmer

I testify before you today as the Director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the United States Institute of Peace, although the views expressed here are my own. USIP was established by Congress over 30 years ago as an independent, national institute to prevent and resolve violent conflicts abroad, in accordance with U.S. national interests and values. Violent extremism and terrorism pose significant challenges to peace and security in our world today, and understanding its causes and finding ways to address it are priorities for USIP.  Read more……..

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No Sign That Oyo Govt Is Ready to Pay Backlog of Salary Arrears-Chairman Senior Civil Servants

Senior Civil Servants in Oyo state have lamented the  nonchalant attitude of the Oyo state Government  to issues concerning their salary arrears, allowances, gratuities and pensions.


The civil servants made  their position known through the Chairman of the state chapter Association of Civil Servants, Comrade Andrew Emelieze, in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Comrade Emelieze, who is the immediate past chairman of the  state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) expressed reservations over the mounting debt owed workers by the state  Government, without any sign that same would be paid  very soon.

”So far so good, the situation has remained the same, it is still the  same old story of   backlog of arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities for workers all over the state  , working  with government, whether at the state or Local Government level, salaries are been owed now, for four to five months, as regards the state workers, they are yet to collect their March salaries, despite the fact that the Governor has  gone on air to say that he has paid March salaries, which of course he  has not paid and the situation is so critical that those at the Local Government, whose salaries used to be regular, we wouldn’t know what happened, but their situation is even now  worse than those  working at the state level, at the, some are being owed six months, while some are being owed eight months”.

”We have discovered that nothing has  changed, it is as if the Oyo state Government, is waiting for, probably workers to take action., before they can act, because  we have not seen anything extraordinary done by the Oyo state Government, we are just waiting for probably miracle to happen,  before they can pay. Miracle in the sense that for a responsible Government, in situations like this, we should expect initiatives, such as we can see robust master plan proposals and actions been taken to see how funds can be generated, Paris club refunds have been coming, there have been bail outs, I think that is only what they have been depending on to come, besides that we’ve not seen anything concrete been done and this has been recurring in the past two years”.

”For a serious Government within the past two years, they would have been able to come out of this, last  year they were owing,  two years ago they were owing, this year they are  still owing, we wouldn’t know when they would pay, so we are  really not happy, workers are getting more frustrated, same as all over the country, here in Oyo state workers are now contemplating suicide, people have lost hope in the system, people have lost hope  in the Government. The way it is now, nobody will tell any worker  what to do, they have known that they have to take  their destinies in their hands, the system has failed us, the APC Government has  failed us. President Buhari and his Governors have failed us”, Comrade Emelieze concluded.

Oyo Workers Appeal To State Govt. To Use 100 % of Paris Club Refund To Pay Salary Arrears, As UI Workers Continue Strike


Workers in Oyo state have appealed to the state Government to use the Paris Club deductions refund, about to be released by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to offset the backlog of salary arrears owed them.

The workers made the appeal through the Chairman of the state council of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU), Comrade Olusola Fatoki-Cole.

”We want  to appeal to Government, when this one comes, the one we are expecting, as he has done, we are  expecting more from him, he used 60 per cent of the money to settle arrears of salaries, he can as well use 80 per cent this time around, if  he is not comfortable to use the whole amount. But my own take as the state Chairman of NASU, Oyo state, is that he should sue 100 per cent of the money to offset the salary arrears, so that we will know that there are no arrears of salaries in Oyo state. So that everything will be back to normal”.

”In fact the Government will have a new lease of life, they will be relieved. Thinking of where we will get money to pay salary arrears will no more be there. This is an opportunity for Government to liquidate all the arrears of salaries, it owes Oyo state workers. This is the opportunity, this is God at work, because we were not expecting this refund. It is just like a dream, it is a miracle. And God knows that these people are suffering, that is why God can touche the hearts of the people, who said that we still have some arrears of over payment of loan, that we have paid to collect. And I believe that we  should give kudos to this Government, we should also give kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari, but if it were to be the  immediate past Government, we will not know if there is a refund or not”.

”I think we should give kudos to this government for been transparent, and for been sympathetic to the plight of the workers. I think we should give President Buhari that kudos. I want to use this opportunity to thank the Federal Government, to thank our Governor, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, anticipating  that when the money comes, he will Lliquidate tha arrears that are left to be paid”,Comrade Fatoki-Cole stated.

He urged the workers to pray fervently and exercise patience, while also advising them to cultivate the habit of saving.

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Similarly, the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the workers of the University of Ibadan continued on Wednesday, undisrupted.

The workers have since the beginning of the week, prevented vehicular movement in and out of the  University’s two entry points, by shutting the gates from the early hours of each day till late in the afternoon, however, pedestrians were not affected, as the pedestrian gate remained open.

A visit to a number of locations within the university campus, confirmed that activities were totally shut down, as there was no electricity and water supply, while most of the offices remained under lock and key. Workers were seen discussing in groups within and around the main gate.

The Chairman of NASU in the university, Comrade Oluwasegun Arojo disclosed that the indefinite strike was still on, saying”the university management is yet to accede to the demands of the workers, so the indefinite  strike continues”.

4 Months Salaries : We Have Only Received One month-Oyo Workers


Workers in Oyo state on Monday went about their duties, worried and disturbed over an announcement by the state Government, on salary issues.

The state Government had through its Commissioner for Information, Toye Arulogun, declared that it had paid its workforce four months salaries out of the arrears owed them.

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But a cross section of workers in the state, who discussed the development in groups, at their duty posts,insisted that, after several months, they had only been paid a month’s  salary.

Indeed,  in most recent times, doubtful information have emanated from the state Government through some of its information dissemination channels.

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In his reaction, the state Chairman, Trade Union Congress(TUC), who also doubles as the Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Olusola Ogundiran disclosed that the state Government had succeeded in paying two months salaries in the last three months.

”Our expectations are high, but the fact is that there is a statutory guideline, guiding the fund release. The Federal Government had directed that 50 per cent of whatever is released to the state should go for salaries and pension payments. And going  by the last release, we are not sure if this tranche of release would be up to the last one, the last one was 7.2, the Oyo state Government was even magnanimous to use 60 per cent of the 7.2 to cater for salaries and pensions. So, we are still expecting the same magnanimity, because 50 per cent might not be enough to care of even just one month’s salaries. So we are expecting the same magnanimity that more than 50 per cent would be used to settle salaries and pensions, which would make workers to smile even if at least for one month, and the arrears of salaries owed would have been further reduced.

However, the Vice Chairman of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Kolawole Eniola disclosed logistic problems accounted for the delay in the payment of salaries, stressing that the state Government had paid October salaries .

”So now that another release is about to be made, and been a directive from the Federal Government, that the part of the money should be used to offset salaries, and now that the state is paying the salaries of November which is overdue, our belief that when next the Government, because we are in the period of going for another FAAC  allocation, so when next the representative of Government travels to Abuja for the FACC meeting, I believe that the salaries for November once released, would surely be given, because the amount been used  to pay salaries has increased, so we are sure that immediately the money is released to the state, we are at the Labour side the JNC, NLC TUC, they will intervene to getting the approval of Government again, to use that part of the release to offset the salary arrears that are on ground”, Eniola concluded.

Unpaid Salaries : We are Yet Get To The Root of the Problem-Oyo TUC


We are Perplexed and Frustrated-Oyo NASU

Labour leaders in Oyo state, Nigeria have expressed hopes that the state Government would resolve all issues relating to salaries in good time.

In separate interviews the Chairman of the Public Service  Joint  Negotiating Council, who is also the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in the state, Comrade Olusola Ogundiran  and the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU) Comrade Fatoki Olusola-Cole  streesed their differing positions on the issue of workers unpaid salaries.

Comrade Ogundiran wondered why the Local Government workers had not been paid for several months  saying”the state Government has it so good, may be because certain sources of funding came in, such as the recently extended refund of the Pairs Club over deduction. We thought that the Local Government should also benefit from this fund, but we wouldn’t know because they have their own separate account”.

”We don’t know what actually went on thereof, what we know is that  at the state level there was a committee, that once salaries are paid it was supposed to be  a standing committee. The committee used to meet, the state Government will open its book of account, will see what comes in, and will know how to pay  salaries. Local Governments were also represented in that committee, but suddenly that committee just stopped meeting and the state Government just told us that they are following whatever we had agreed, religiously So, once allocation comes the state Government will go ahead to pay salaries”.

”Like now, we are expecting October salaries, but we know that the state Government could go ahead  and pay November salaries too. So, as far as the Local Governments are concerned they have their own Joint Account Committee(JAC), it is the Joint Account Committee that deals with the Local Governments’ funds expenditure. So, we are still yet to get to the root of where the problem lies. If  the primary schools could be paid fully in a month, why not the Local Government workers and even the pensioners ?”, Comrade Ogundiran questioned.

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However the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union in the state, Comrade Olusola-Cole laments that the living conditions of workers in the state has deteriorated drastically.

”It has been pathetic, it has been frustrating. It has not been easy. They’ve been trying to manage, but  each day the situation aggravates, costs of goods and services have sky rocketed. And for workers who couldn’t get their salaries, and their salaries have ran into arrears, to the tune of between five(5) and six(6) months, you can imagine how pathetic the situation is. Some of them have turned to street beggars, some of them cannot afford to feed their families, some of them cannot afford to pay rents, some of them cannot afford to take care of their health, because their health is deteriorating. Life has been unbearable, so it is quite unfortunate. And it seems that there is no solution in sight”.

”Even with the release of the Paris Club refund that the Government has just obtained, could not solve  the problem. Government told us that it used 60 per cent of the money to pay the salary arrears, which covers two months. So, the money did not go anywhere, it has not solved the problem. the situation has not changed, it is just like a drop of water in the ocean. It is so pathetic. The lives of workers in Oyo state  is nothing to write home about. That is the situation and we are not happy about it We are perplexed and frustrated”, Comrade Olusola-Cole declared.

Govt. Should Assist Traders-Chairman, Traders Association


The Oyo state Government has been called upon to assist traders in the state to surmount the financial challenges confronting them.

This call was made by the Babaloja of Oyo state,  Alhaji Dauda Oladapo in a chat, in his office at Agbaje market in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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”Government should assist traders. Let the government render financial assistance to traders, by giving them loans, to overcome their financial challenges”.

”Secondly, Government should pay the salaries of workers. Farmers should be encouraged and also assisted financially to boost food production. The N50,000 interest free loan, that Government gave to each trader is not enough, considering the economic recession”.

”The people are their own  enemies, traders should desist from indiscriminate increase in prices of goods. We know things are difficult, but we should also be considerate”, Alhaji Oladapo concluded.

Oyo Govt. Used N4.2 billion Out of Paris Club Refund To Pay Workers’Salaries-TUC

All has not been well for workers in  Oyo state for several months now, due to salary related issues. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) Oyo state council, who also doubles  as the Chairman Public Service Joint Negiotiating Council and Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants, Oyo state branch, Comrade Olusola Ogundiran, throws more light into the salary challenges. Excerpts :

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How has the situation been with workers in Oyo state Nigeria ? 

I will start by saying that actually there was supposed to be a standing committee of Government and Labour to trash out issues relating to workers’ salaries in the state, but unfortunately, we wouldn’t know why that committee, after sitting  for about two months or so, why the committee has stooped sitting.  But what we have seen and believed, is that once the funds for the Federal allocation comes in , the state Government set about paying workers’ salaries. But it would have been better and more  transparent, if the committee that was  agreed to be set up  by Government and Labour had been sitting.  The  purpose of the sitting, is okay, this is Government account, this is what comes in, then workers will know what to expect, but in Government wisdom that committee has stopped meeting. Be that as it may, the state Government has been up and doing, in fulfilling its promise. Earlier on, we we had been receiving monthly salaries, the fund that comes from the Federal allocation and the budget support fund will come in handy.  We thank the Government because in December, 2016, two months salaries were paid and that covered the months of June and July, 2016 and currently, Oyo state workers have started receiving their month of August and September, 2016 salaries. On the issue of the over deduction of the Paris club that was refunded to the state, , initially Oyo state was not listed, it was revealed the Oyo state  had collected  this refund in 2008, I think and maybe we will not be entitled. But kudos to the efforts of  the current administration, they opened their account books, I think, there was argument here and there, and Oyo state was to collect N7.2 billion, and it was actually collected. The Government made that revelation and confirmation, that N7.2 billion was given to Oyo state from the deduction in the Paris club loan.  The over deduction that was refunded had a constitutionality from the Federal Government, that each state government should  use 50 per cent of whatever they are given to settle outstanding salaries. And workers were all  expecting and we thank His Excellency, Governor Ajimobi, it is on record that Oyo state used 60 per cent of the fund, amounting to N4.2 billion to settle outstanding salaries. So, that, in addition to the funds from the statutory allocation was used in settling workers August and September salaries. So that is the situation today. There is a peculiarity in salary payments in Oyo state, because before now , there has been screening upon screening , under BVN screening, people with multiple accounts, people with no BVN, because of the shortfall from the funds from the statutory allocation, names were being removed from the payroll, until the needful was done. So, Oyo state was using the available funds, an average of N3.6 billion, that is what comes from the federal allocation and the budget support fund to pay salaries. Occasionally, rising up, as more names  were been cleared during the screening exercise, we all know that the wage bill will be on the rise. So, of recent,  apart from about 632 workers, who have been cleared from the physical exercises and re-integrated into the Government payroll, another 200 have been cleared in the certificate screening saga. First, it was 70 and just last week, another 130, they have been cleared and would be re-integrated into the pay roll of the state. So, the wage bill will continue to rise.

Dugbe Market Traders Seek Divine Intervention Over Dwindling Sales

Traders at the  Dugbe Market, Ibadan, Nigeria have embarked on a prayer session to seek divine  intervention towards addressing dwindling sales and other challenges confronting traders as a result of the absence of adequate facilities in the market.

The Traders who turned out in large numbers, at the market venue of the prayer session, lamented that the toilets in the market were not enough to cater for the large number of people in the market.

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They also complained of  irregular electricity supply and lack of potable water, while appealing to the Oyo state Government to consider their plight, by doing the needful.

At the prayer session, were the Otun Iyalaje of Ibadan land, who doubles as the Iyalaje of Dugbe market, Chief(Mrs.) Victoria Lawal-Coker,  Babaloja of Dugbe market, Alhaji  Rasaki Bello, Iyaloja of Dugbe market, Alhaja Limota Adepoju, the Babalaje of Dugbe market, Alhaji Moshood Ayinde,  Chief Security Officer of the market,  Mr. Kelvin Iwuji among other dignitaries.

Sack of 662 Oyo Workers :We Need To Be careful-Labour


Labour  Unions in Oyo state  have said that the issue of the sack of 662 workers is been approached with all carefulness.

According to the Chairman Medical and Health Union Workers of Nigeria(MHWUN) Comrade Ademola Babalola, who made this vow on behalf of other labour unions, in a chat with Federationews2day, ”if the labour unions in Oyo state wants to raise eye brows on what Government is doing that means we are backing fraudulent practices. But we need to be careful, we labour, are  careful concerning the issue, in the sense that, the government is our employer, there is nothing any labour union can do when their employer say that they want to conduct screening”.

”With the screening that they have done, we cannot say that it is 100 per cent okay. But what we  are doing at the labour level is to verify, we need to verify the individual cases. Any worker that has genuine case , we have told them to report to their various unions for verification, they will go to the  7 man panel set up by labour to look into their cases. Anyone having genuine  case  will be presented to the government, but without that, there nothing labour can do. And I know that our government has listening ears. Not all of them are  culpable, some have genuine cases. First of all, let us put our house in order, then we can table the genuine cases before government, and I am believing God that the Government of Oyo state has  a listening ear and will do justice to the genuine cases.