Amosun charges South West governor on job creation, insurgency
Recalls 12 dismissed workers, pardons 19
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday charged governors in the South West to urgently create jobs for unemployed youths in the region to avoid insurgency.
The governor who spoke in Abeokuta, the state capital said the major cause of insurgency in the north eastern part of the country was unemployment, adding that the youths should be gainfully employed to keep them away from negative vices.
“If we are not very careful, the kind of violence that they are experiencing in the North East will happen in the South West if we do not begin to create jobs and empower the youths to keep them busy and discourage them from engaging in violence,” he said.
Amosun spoke at the launch of a Job Centre founded by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Shelter Watch Initiative (SWI) in Abeokuta.
The governor was represented at the event by his Special Assistant on Trade and Investment, Mrs. Hafsat Costelo-Abiola.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Job Centre Impact Concept, Mr. Segun Olutade lamented that the country loses about N90 billion yearly to foreign artisans who take up millions of jobs meant for Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the state government yesterday pardoned and recalled 12 out of the 16 civil servants who were recently dismissed due to alleged unethical conducts during the last Teachers’ Day celebration in the state in October.
The dismissed workers included the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Akeem Ambali, Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Dare Ilekoya and 13 others.
According to the Head of Service, Mr. Sola Adeyemi in a statement in Abeokuta, the decision followed appeals from the NLC, NUT and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on behalf of the affected workers.
The recalled workers were directed to go back to work with effect from Monday January 2, 2017.
The government also pardoned and directed all the 19 workers suspended in connection with their roles in the same celebration to resume at their duty posts with effect from December 1.
And in Oyo State, about 662 civil servants were summarily dismissed for forging the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) certificate while about 2,021 fictitious names of workers and pensioners were also expunged from its payroll.
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