NLC alleges victimisation of union leaders at AOCOED
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State chapter, has called on governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to intervene in the crisis rocking Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos.
The labour union, while protesting the compulsory retirement of the Chairperson, Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education Nigeria (SSUCOEN), AOCOED chapter, Comrade Wunmi Ombugadu, as well as the demotion of its secretary and assistant by the governing council of the institution described the act as oppression and witch-hunt of union leaders, calling on the state governor to intervene before the matter heightens.
NLC chairperson in the state, Comrade Funmi Sessi, said a lot of crises have been rocking the institution in the last few months but the issue at hand is a minor one that the governing council escalated.
Maintaining their innocence, Sessi urged the state government to call the council to order.
She said: “The governing council of AOCOED has in there own wisdom terminated the appointment of the SSUCOEN chairperson of this branch and this to us is an act of victimisation. The governor loves all the workers irrespective of religion, colour and language you speak and as such the position of the authority that has been given to them, should be used to better the lot of the people.
“We are Nigerians! Why are they treating their brothers and sisters in that manner? I’m sure the governor cannot fold his hands and watch an act of victimisation and witch hunting to the workforce without acting accordingly. We are appealing to governor Sanwo-Olu to intervene. They should call the governing council to order. The council is using the management to witch-hunt the workers and the situation at the college might explode at any moment.”
When contacted, registrar, AOCOED, Shehu Muhideen, said, “To the best of my knowledge, the management and council have no issue with any staff union. What the management and council did was to reprimand and sanction its members of staff that have run foul of the law as contained in the public service and enabling law of the college. They were found culpable of committing gross misconduct and they were sanctioned appropriately.”