The embattled chairman of Ogun State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Akeem Ambali, has described the announcement of his dismissal and 15 other top labour leaders by the Ogun State government, as “executive recklessness and abuse of all statutory laws” urging workers to remain resolute in the quest to have their legitimate right from “an autocratic and deceitful government.”
Governor Ibikunle Amosun had on Monday, approved the dismissal Comrade Ambali, his deputy, who is also the Chairman of the state chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT, Comrade Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.
The dismissal of the labour leaders was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day Celebration, held on the 5th of October, at the NUT Hall, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Also, 16 officials of the Union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.
In a swift reaction, Ambali stated in a terse statement yesterday night that, he had never been summoned by any panel, and that, “the attention of the leadership was just drawn to the purported dismissal through phone calls.
“We are calling on our ever committed workers to remain at home and not be intimidated by this action that was against all norms of democratic and fair hearing. I have never been summoned by any panel and this clearly shows how autocratic and deceitful the government of Ibikunle Amosun is.
“Our cause for this strike is legitimate, just and right. They have only shown their true colours and this new approach is unprecedented in the history of this country,as no state governor has done what they are doing to us in Ogun state. Their past draconian efforts have never yielded any fruits,so also will be this move to cage us in Ogun state.
“We only want to warn that they should not set this state on fire, even as we urged our members to remain calm and just stay at home. Aluta continua! Ambali stated.
The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a deputy director, Community and Social Development, Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.
He was accused to have gave inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could cause breach of peace in the state.
The state government had thereby directed appropriate agencies of the state , Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement recommendations with immediate effect.