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.
”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”.
”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.