Ekiti State government has began probe of immediate past labour union leaders in the state for allegedly colluding with former Governor Ayodele Fayose to appropriate six million naira monthly running grants to themselves.
They have also been accused of diverting another six million naira quarterly running grants for their meetings and involvement in partisan politics.
The officials under investigation include the immediate past Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Raymond Ade Adesanmi, former Trade Union Congress, TUC, Chairman, Mr. Odunayo Adesoye and Joint Negotiation Council JNC Chairman, Mr. Oladipupo Johnson as well as NLC Secretary,
Mr. O.P. Olayemi.
Others are former JNC Secretary, Mr. Blessing Oladele; former Chairperson of TUC Women Wing, Mrs. Bolajoko Fajulugbe; and former
Chairperson of NLC Women Wing, Mrs. Toyin Ofere.
Radio Nigeria reports that the former union leaders are being probed by a Panel of Inquiry
Headed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Sunday Adebayo.
The panel reportedly received petitions from some aggrieved workers who accused the former labour leaders of allegedly colluding with ex-Governor Fayose to deny them of their welfare.
“The running grant fraud was also discovered in the state Auditor Generals report for 2017 Financial Audit Report which was
also made available to the panel,” they alleged.
A prelude to the former labour leaders predicament was a query issued to them by the Office of Establishment and Training which they were directed to answer within 24 hours.
According to the query signed by one Mr. T.O. Ajobiewe on behalf of the Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, the action of the affected officials was inimical to the image of the Public Service.
Author: Chijioke Jannah