Coronation of 21 Obas : Oyo Govt. is very Fraudulent- Sen. Rashidi Ladoja

As the controversy over the recent installation of 21 Traditional rulers in Ibadanland by the Oyo state Governor rages, a former Governor of the state, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, in this interview with Journalists at his Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan, residence says  the state Government acted fraudulently. Federationews2day was there. Excerpts :

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 The bone of contention today in Ibadanland , is the  interference of Government in the Traditional institution ? What is your position on this ?

Where do We start from ? It is not the responsibility of Government to tamper with the 1959 declaration, because they tried to mislead the people, they are now saying it is not the 1959 declaration, it is the 1957 declaration. The 1957 law was the chief’s law, it was under the chief’s law that the 1959 declaration was  gotten. It stated clearly that it was not the responsibility of anybody to do embark on amendment. We are not having the Olubadan of Oyo state, we are having the Olubadan of Ibadanland, so why do you have to bring somebody from Ibarapa, somebody from Oyo, and some people from Oke-Ogun to amend our own declaration. It is not the responsibility of the Oyo state Government to tamper with the Olubadan Chieftaincy  declaration, the case is still in court. And from what we are seeing the Government seems not to respect the courts again. Why did they start after work on Friday and ended on Sunday ? What is the cause ? Are those people going to, die ? They distributed the letters under floodlights, I see what happened in Mapo as a theatre.  If you want to amend the law, you know the procedure. The procedure is that when you amend the law you take it to the House, anyway we expect that he is going to bribe the legislators in the House. I only want to warn them, the legislators, that they should go back to their constituencies to know what their constituencies want. They should not think that because it is an Ibadan issue, the other zones in the state don’t have interest in it, because the Governor has said that when he finishes with Ibadan, the next place is Ogbomosho, all those Baales will become Obas and after Ogbomosho, he will end it up in Oyo. The implication is that since the Ibadan High chiefs, kingmakers are now Obas, the Oyomesis, kingmakers in Oyo, and all associated villages heads Obas can also become Obas. If he does not do that then our point  that he does not have the right to tamper with the declaration is right. He just wants to destroy the institution of traditional rulers. The question now is that what time does he have to reflect on issues pertaining to governance ?

The  state Government  alleges that during your tenure, you attempted same  ?

It is not true. I have said it several times that I did not set up any Adio  commission. Oyo state is in the number 29 position in the country, with all the private schools in the state. If you take away the private schools, it means maybe we would have come last, after Lagos the next place where there are private schools is Oyo state. This was not the case during my time. So the institution of Ibadan Obaship is so complex, that it is better to leave them and face the job of Oyo state. After you might have put Oyo state where it is supposed to be, then you can now go back and look at it. We are not like other places, Saki has not got an Oba now, even Fiditi hasn’t got an Oba now, So what I am saying is that I did not set up the Adio commission, it is either the Governor is been mischievous or the Governor decided to be a lair himself, either of the two, because  if they are say that they cannot find the report then is Adio alive ? then if he is alive they should call him.

You said that Government is no longer respecting the law, now what is the way forward ?

You don’t get the point, the Local Government elections have not been held because their case is in court, the Council of Chief was suspended in 2011 because the case is in court,   this time around there is no case in court ? Abi ? So that is what we are saying, it is not a question of selectively taking advantage of the court, if you want to take advantage of the court, then you take the disadvantage of the court as well. Democracy is Governing by the rule of law, if the rule of law breaks down, then everybody will resort to self help, God save all of us, that is what we are saying. So it is not the question of what is the way forward. The way forward is that at the end of it the court will prevail, the court will prevail, they may delay it, they may do everything, even if you influence the local court, are you going to influence the Appeal Court, are you going to influence the Supreme court ? We are not dead, we are not  dying yet, so why should I bother about how long the case lasts, because I know that some Obas, having spent 15 years on the throne were removed. So, that is the situation. The Governor has no right or the Government has no right to interfere in the Ibadan  declaration.

The impression, is that the High Chiefs, including yourself instituted the  law suit, what made the others back out ?

Well, I don’t know because I am not one of them.  The two of them came to see me, they came on the 22nd, because they went to Government on the 21st, they asked ”What is the quarrel between you and your brother, I asked who ? They said Isiaka Ajimobi , I said no I am not quarreling with Isiaka Ajimobi, I am quarreling with the Governor and if you go to the executive’s office you will see the Governors who  have been there. Starting from Sir John Ranking up to Akala, and on the 29th of May, 2019his own photograph will join us. So, it is the Governor I am having problems with, so many people do know know how to distinguish between the Governor and the holder. Maybe they think it is a solidarity with an Ibadan boy,  but I told them the danger there, the danger there is that when my brother Alao Akala said he wanted to create only six Obaship, the whole Ibadan rose in unity and said that he cannot do it and he did not do it. But now that an Ibadan boy wants to create 50 Obas, nobody is talking. I said that so, if you keep quiet in the face of tyranny, ………And I said, you people you say you want to become Obas, have you looked into the report ? Nobody has seen the report, even though  he is  giving you the sweet part of the report, and maybe the bitter parts are still hidden. Has anybody seen the white paper ? And the only thing they published, they say recommendations, this is recommendation four, where is recommendation one to three ? recommendation four, recommendation five, recommendation eight, where is six and seven ?  Recommendation nine, the High Chiefs will retain the titles of Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun, Osi Balogun etc, and will not use the titles of Obas, this is what Government has published, as a prefix to their names, in order to avoid any confusion that would be caused by using the title ‘Oba ‘ in conjunction with their titles as Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun and Osi Balogun etc. The Government now says, the Government rejects this recommendation. You can see that the Government had a plan before they started this, they just want to use the commission to bring out what they have in them. There is recommendation 10, there is no recommendation 11, there is recommendation 12,  so, where is  where is recommendation 13 to 98 and after 99, there is 100, there 101, I don’t know whether that is the end. But where is recommendation 13 to 98 ? So, this is Government print out, not so ? So you can see that the Government is very fraudulent. There is no report, the commission’s report is not there, they didn’t tell us what it is. Secondly, the white paper is not there. They are now talking of 1959 declaration, but when they started it, it was 1957 declaration, but now it is 1959 declaration, so, you can see that they are very inconsistent, so, as I said the Governor is most of the times too busy to look into details, he just allow these people to do whatever they want to do.

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Festive Period : For The Past Three Years We Have Being Borrowing To Celebrate-Oyo Workers

Workers in Oyo state have expressed reservations over the poor condition they have marked festive holidays in the last three years.

The workers who cut across religious divides, noted that only the grace of God had enabled them to pool financial resources together to celebrate such holidays.

”For the past three years, we have always went about  borrowing money to celebrate during festive periods. Salary arrears still linger, no conducive  working environment, consultants everywhere, Government has not treated us well, it is sad and unfortunate”, the workers who refused to mention their names lamented.

In his Eid El Kabir message to workers in the state, the Chairman,  State Public Service Joint Negotiating council, who is also the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress(TUC)and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCSN) in the state,  Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran  outlined the experience of workers in the state, while advising them to be prudent in their spending habits during the festive period.

”In those days they do give us opportunistic to send some of our Muslim brothers and sisters to the Holy land for Hajj, they give us pilgrimage  slots. In the last three years nothing of such, they used to give us Jerusalem slots, in the last three or four  years nothing of such. Even during festive periods, they do  give us rice, milk, these days nothing of such We will never go cap in hand begging anybody. We believe it is the right  of the Government to celebrate its workforce. We will continue to say it that they are not  a better stakeholder in this project called Oyo state than we are. And we are  the geese that lay the golden eggs, which they consume. We are  the tools  with which the work of this state is  been done, but what do we have ? But we always thank God because we are  alive, we are surviving and we will still survive this.

”I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a blissful Eid El Kabir and knowing what the economy of the country and the state in particular is saying, as I wish them a very good moment during the Eid El Kabir, I want them to be mindful of their spending, they should cut  their coat according to  their cloth, they should  not over spend, knowing that we are approaching the period during which our  wards and children, will be  resuming back to school, in the month of September, they should make  sure they plan for their children and not to overspend during the festive period”, Comrade Ogundiran advised.

 

Oyo Govt. Should Thread Cautiously on Issues Pertaining To Places of Worship-Spiritual Head Shafaudeen

As religious houses in Oyo state express reservations over the state Government’s position on the environment and worship and praises to God, they insist that all power is from the Almighty God. In this interview with Federationews2day, the founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke  cautions the  state Government to thread cautiously on issues pertaining to religion. Excerpts:

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What is your reaction to the clamp down on religious houses in the state over noise pollution, by the state Ministry of Environment  ?

I am an environmentalist, noise pollution has resulted in partial deafness of a number of people,and so we must try as much as possible to control the noise. But when you regard what comes out of the houses of God as noise, are we not insulting God ? We have to be very careful in the way we use words. It is true that some people have deviated from  the course of real evangelism, of the real  dawah or jihad. The real evangelism or dawah demands that we speak the truth, we have a target audience, we must do things in ways that must not encourage unnecessary noise pollution, because whatever you’re saying becomes a noise, when you are no more communicating. So Government got it wrong in declaring that what comes out of the church or mosque is noise, this is an insult to divinity. They would  have  gone  there to correct the practice. Take for example, there was a time that I was treating some verses in both the Bible and the Quran that deals with family cohesion and family surprises, despite the fact that the song happened to be from a Muslim base, most Christians and some other faiths, came to me that I should allow the voice to get to their doors because what I was treating, regarding how to discourage people calling their mothers witches and even if they are witches, the position of the scriptures on this and how to manage such crisis. So, because it was more of teaching, it was problem solving, people loved to hear it, even if it was coming as music, it was supposed to be devoid of hate speeches, must be constructive and suiting. So, all these are lacking in the way we manage Churches and Mosques these days. So, the root of all these ought to be treated, because Churches and Mosques ought to be the divine environment for sustainable development of any community or nation. But in a situation whereby we begin to insult the senses and sensibilities of Pastors and Imams, by generalizing that what comes out of the houses of God constitute noise, is unfortunate.  We cannot compare our country with the developed nations, where their culture does not revolve on religion, but with time they discovered that they were having a lot of problems, which their Psychologists and Sociologists could not manage. They now resorted to faith based solutions. And out there the culture is more of individualism. Here in Africa or Yorubaland, we keep extended family structure, here we are our brother’s keeper. No doubt Government needs to intervene, but this is not the way to go about it. They are supposed to help us to control and normalize things. Most of us are not Teachers, we only find ourselves holding the Bible or the Quran to teach people, so we don’t expect expertise. But if they would be structure with guidelines, mainly that nay teaching from the mosques or churches must be based on the scriptures and must not be abusive. It must contain messages on morals and discipline, and if it is music, it has to be constructive and designed to solve problems. But declaring houses of God places of noise ? It is very insulting. We need to rethink the agenda, we have to be very careful, because I don’t want the case of this Government or nay Government, that wants to correct the situation to be like that of the beggars’ strike, a book written,  here most of them consulted their Alfas before they got to power, just like it happened in one nation. The beggars, you use them to get to the position of power, and because you want the city or community to be clean, you now say that they are dirty, and you move them somewhere, by the time such an individual starts having problems, the oracle consult, direct him to return to the beggars with gifts. The beggars reject the gifts, so his prayers are not answered and in the process he dies. So, we have to be very careful. Those in power still consult these houses of God. So, there is a need for us to restructure things in the houses of God. We must be scripture compliant in everything we do.

 

 

Oyo Residents Call for More Funds for Road Repairs, As Joyce B Road Dwellers Commend Govt.

Residents of Oyo state have called on the state Government to urgently make adequate funds available to the state  Roads Maintenance Agency(OYSROMA) for the repair of bad roads in different parts of the state.

The residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, cut across Ibadan, Eruwa, Igboora, Oyo and areas in the Oke-Ogun Geo-political zone of the state.

”The quality of road repairs could be said not to be impressive, go to Oke-Ado, and see for yourself, the rains are here and the rehabilitated roads are in bad state.  It looks like materials are been economized in the road repairs. The state Government should release more funds to the agency, to enable it carry out quality road repairs”, the residents’ spokesman, Mr. Siji Ahmed advised.

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However, residents of Joyce B road, have commended the agency for rehabilitating the major road in the area.

According to a release by the Agency’s Information Officer, Mrs Adeyemi, the residents expressed their appreciation for a job well done.

”We appreciate the present administration in Oyo state, for their efforts in making Joyce B road conducive and motor able. Before now, our experiences was nothing to be happy about. But we thank God for the rehabilitation”, they stated.

 

Paris Club Refund :LG Workers, Others in Oyo Grumble Over None Payment of Salary Arrears

Contrary to the widely reported payment of May and June salaries to workers in Oyo state by the state Government, Local Government employees in the state are still grumbling over the none payment of the backlog of their salary arrears and the continued payment  of a certain percentage of their salaries.

 

The Local Government workers lamented, that for several months unending, they have been receiving half salaries, despite their outcry.

They blame their plight  on some of their union leaders, who they allege, colluded with the council authorities to ensure that the trend was sustained.

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The workers, however expressed optimism that all their salary arrears would be paid very soon, since the state Government had promised to set aside N2 billion for the purpose.

Sadly, medical and health workers in the state are singing the same song, as they  stress that they  find it difficult to reconcile their present position with the news that workers have received their salaries for May and June, 2017.

In response to this development, the Labour centres in the state wrote a letter to the state Governor dated 20th July, 2017 and signed by the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Waheed Olojede, Chairman Trade Union Cognress, Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran and Secretary Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kolawole  Eniola .

In the letter the Labour leaders called on the state Government to  to utilize the second tranche of Paris Club Refund to offset the backlog of salary arrears owed Local Government workers.

The Letter titled  ”The Just Released Paris Club Refund and Our  Demand for Payment of Outstanding Arrears of Salaries/Allowances and Pensions in Oyo state”, stated :

” Your Excellency, please permit us to recall with nostalgia that when the bailout fund was released to states  to pay arrears of salaries and pensions in 2016, workers in the Local Government services in the state, were not well treated in  parity with  there colleagues in the state services as the Local Government portion of the fund was not disbursed for the purpose for  which the fund was meant”.

”It is in reference to this harrowing experience that we request, in the present circumstance, that the fund now released should also take care of the industrial interest of both serving  workers and pensioners under Local Government services”.

 

 

One Per cent Levy in Oyo Schools : Nigerians Are Suspicious of Govt.’s Intention-Prof Olagoke

Parents and residents at  the location of one of the Models  schools have expressed worries over the unbecoming  behavior of students of the school, who daily patronize cybercafes within the vicinity of the school, during school hours, in preference to the academic comfort of their school. This is a reflection of the incompetence  of the school management and Teachers to impart the right values on the students. Even as mushroom private schools continue to spring up in room and parlor and three  Bedroom apartments at different locations in t Oyo state, parents  also expressing worries over the announcement by the  state  Government that beginning from next session,  one(1) per cent levy shall be imposed on the fees collected  by both Public and Private schools in the state, they insist that this amounts to double taxation. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke advises the state Government to approach the levy with caution. Excerpts :

The Oyo state Government has announced its intention to collect 1 per cent from all the fees collected by both public and private secondary schools in the state,  what is your reaction to this announcement  ?

My opinion is that the Government of Oyo state is ready to  re fix to a rightful position the education status, most especially in Oyo state. Government itself realizes that there are problems in the educational structure and practices The problem manifest in the state of things in public schools, most of them have dilapidated buildings, some do not have  furniture. Public schools have the best Teachers, but there are no facilities to work with. Unfortunately, those in Government and the elites do not patronize the  public schools. When Chief Obafemi Awolowo started his education programme, , he ensured that all his children attended these schools, and through each of them he was able to feel the pulse of the public schools, as regards the state of things in these schools. Unfortunately, Government, presently, has all the structure and mechanism through which education facilitation can  be effective and  result oriented, but corruption and indiscipline have permeated the fabric of every unit of the system, so that even before  a file is moved, you must grease the palm of the clerk, before anybody is promoted you must have greased the palms of the powers that be along the line When it comes to pension some people insist on getting 10 per cent out of your gratuity, before your file will see the light of the day.  So, when you have this kind of erratic system, the goal of education is already defeated. So, that is the situation of things in the education sector in Nigeria, Oyo state in particular.

The lapses on the side of Government has made every Tom, Dick and Harry to venture into education, but with the perspective of becoming an entrepreneur, whereby you commercialize everything. When  I was in secondary school, my prorietor of blessed memory, Mr. T.A Ogunkoya, had B.A History form Newcastle in 1950, he single handedly left Isonyin, for Abanla, bought acres of land and built all the structure in the school and unfortunately in 1976, Government took it  over and bastardized the very good work the man had done. The place is now a caricature of its old self. This is to say that Government  has not been able to understand what it takes to follow Chie Awolowo’s legacy. Now a lot of people have ventured into education without knowing anything about it.  You see a lot of private schools in dilapidated buildings and these people are capitalizing on the fact that most of our people are illiterates, most of the parents. They only repackage these children with good clothing, so that the parents will believe  that their children are attending good schools, whereas most of these schools are mushroom. And now that Government is restructuring, all these things are more of theories, because since they have started, we have not felt the impact. Not all the private schools are  registered with the state Government. And indeed, Government officials pass by all these  schools, but because of their relationships with the owners, nothing is done.  These are the areas that we are having problems. So, the first thing Government ought to do, is to go through all the nooks and crannies of Oyo state in the Morning, Afternoon, Night and during the weekend, to identify all these schools, good or bad. After assessment those found wanting should be shut. So in the area of Government collecting one per cent of fees collected by public and private schools in the state, those that are registered and Government still says that whatever you are getting from the intakes, one per cent should go into the coffers of Government, then this is unfortunate, Government is supposed to encourage private individuals, who float private schools,  so long as their intentions are genuine and once they have the right concept on ground, not vice versa.

However,Government must have looked into another perspective, Government must have the belief that all privately owned schools are for commercial purposes and once you are running schools for commercial purposes, the goal of education has already been defeated, because you won’t be able to deliver. You will be more into what you will realize in terms  of gains or profits. Education and schools are not supposed to be commercial ventures. UNICEF says education is a right. Chief Awolowo promoted free education, now that the various tiers of Government in Nigeria have failed in giving us free education and corruption  has now permeated the whole system, the major problem we are now having is  what is to be done. Government should be very cautious. Although some schools were founded on the premise that their founders have been able to corruptly enrich themselves and now using the money for education, if that is the perspective of Government to collect one per cent , it is okay, they want them to at least pay back, but some of us have genuine intentions. They should firstly go into how much we collect as school fees, then some of us may even be assisted by Government, but for those of us who they might be suspecting  have corruptly enriched  themselves, the one per cent can apply. But if it should be generalized, there is nothing we can do, but to seek to know what Government has been doing  from all the money collected. So, the people are suspicious of Government’s intentions and they think it is another way of selfishly enriching the purse of some Government functionaries. So, they must not allow the society to think that there is a bad motive behind the intention of Government to collect one per cent from the fees of  public and privates  schools. Government should be able to justify what they are going to do with the money, so, they must have a rethink.

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Govt. Should Adequately Fund Health Care Delivery-Igbo Leader

The Federal Government has been called upon to urgently address the decay in health care delivery in Nigeria.

This call was made by  an Igbo leader and Onyendu Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, High Chief Alloy Obi, in a chat with Federationews2day.

”Everything is going wrong in this country.  If you have cause to visit the hospital  and you don’t have money, then you are in problem, . All the three tiers of Government should provide basic amenities in our hospitals and drugs. People are dying prematurely. Government should adequately fund our hospitals”.

”Premature death is now common place, Nigerians do not have money to patronize the hospitals, people are frustrated, Government is not doing enough yet, Government should urgently provide funds to address the problems bedeviling  health care delivery in the country, High Chief Obi concluded.

 

Government has Lost the Support of The People-Prof. Olagoke

The political class in Nigeria are currently engaged in unending  acrimony, intrigues, backstabbing, blame game and unpatriotic schemes. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wkajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Ariyo Olagoke says political office holders have lost the support of the people. Excerpts:

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Insecurity and Corruption is the order of the day in Nigeria, Nigerians  are worried and now insinuate that the political will is no longer there, what is the way out ?

They have the political will, but they don’t have the political might, their intention initially was to redeem the situation in Nigeria, the economy, security situation and even enthroning good governance. But getting there they discovered that Nigerians have been morally debased. Corruption is at its highest, to the extent that the treasury has been looted to the point of not been able to pay workers’ salaries. So in this particular scenario, the masses whose support they are supposed to enjoy became antagonistic because they have been impoverished, unfortunately what they would have done to continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians was to cut salaries from the top across board, so that they will depend less on borrowing and the perception will be that they are there to serve, through self-sacrifice, which every country including the United Nations is advocating. Unfortunately, they have continued the game of impoverishing the masses, not paying their salaries and the wasteful spending continues.  And what would have endeared the people to them is no more there. The people are working without salaries and the  case of unemployment is on the high side. So, they have the will to do it, but they do not have the might again.

They have lost the support of the people. And those state Governors who are still having their people in place, it must be through coercion, the coercive approach.. A situation whereby you create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), without putting infrastructure on ground, a situation whereby you fail to pay workers’ salaries and a situation whereby you do not allow elections into the Local Governments to take place, all these are some kind of coercive means of preventing the people to react, either positively or negatively, incapacitating the people. So without the might, which is no longer there, eventually they have lost the will, they had the will before, but they have lost it because they are now in disarray.

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The President is indisposed and outside, and the Vice President, who is acting is not having the majority support of the people. Even between the Executive and the Legislative arms, they are eyeing the number one position, someone to emerge as Mr. President, in case of any eventuality.

The country is just like a cursed nation in which nothing works again ad everybody is just at the mercy of God. So, that is Nigeria’s situation, it is a bad scenario. So, the solution lays in the opposition, not the People’s Democratic Party this time. The solution lays in stopping to recycle people into political positions.  Let us focus on the youth, encourage them to join politics, and whoever wants to sponsor them for any political position, should critically examine them at the party level, so that they do not gang up against the masses to continue the game of shame.  I was abroad recently, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, everything was working. You see technology in the real life situation.

You will see science impacting positively on the people, you see education working. They don’t need to consult the Church, Mosque or Ifa oracle, before they do anything there Education there, is more of a culture, here in Nigeria it is a luxury, most of the public schools here are not patronized by the elites. They prefer to send their children abroad with looted funds. Unfortunately, all sectors of the Nigerian economy are bedeviled. South Sudan seceded, it continues to be at war, so our salvation is not in secession, our salvation is in ensuring everyone realizes his or her negative contribution, and corrects it. Nigerians need a general change of attitude towards work, towards the nation, towards the home, towards themselves, it is highly imperative; we resort to that on time.

 

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.

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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.

Allies Under Attack: The Terrorist Threat to Europe

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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