APC Accuses Amosun Of Diverting Workers’ Money As NLC Confirms Payment

Chairman, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ogun State chapter, Emmanuel
Bankole, has confirmed that the outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has
paid workers’ deductions as he promised.

The confirmation
came just as the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress
alleged that Amosun had fixed the money in a deposit account for
personal interest.

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The NLC chairman told our correspondent on the
phone on Tuesday while clearing the air on the insinuation that the
governor had reneged on his promise to pay the deductions.

The
governor had during the Workers’ Day celebration in Abeokuta told the
workers they would start receiving alerts after 24 hours.

But days after, workers did not receive alerts, prompting insinuations that the governor would not make the payment.

When
asked whether the workers had started receiving alerts, the NLC
chairman confirmed that substantial number of workers had received,
saying, “Good number of them (workers) have been paid”.

He added,
“Except for local government workers who have not been paid, all the
outstanding have been paid, I can confirm this to you.”

But
reacting to the news of the payment, the Ogun APC in a statement issued
in Abeokuta on Tuesday and signed by the party’s caretaker committee’s
publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, alleged that Amosun had kept the
money in a fixed deposit account.

The statement read in part,
“Amosun should bury his head in shame. He has not done any special
favour to the workers. He should have paid the workers with the
interests on their money he used as fixed deposits with leading
commercial banks for years, thereby reaping billions of naira in
interest.

“Or where did Amosun suddenly get the money when there
is no excess crude oil payment, Paris Club refund or bailout by the FG.
If Amosun has given these funds to the owners when due, instead of
trading with them, many who lost their lives would have been saved;
many families would not have been broken and many who developed high
blood pressure and related diseases would have been saved from such
ailments.”

When contacted, a Special Adviser to Governor Amosun, Mr Rotimi Durojaiye, faulted the claims.

He said “Ogun State workers cannot say that. They know the governor loves them, and they love him too.

“Whosoever is trying to knock the heads of workers with the governor is mischievous and ungodly.”

Source:- Punchng

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