Workers petition Ekiti Assembly over N264m grant allegedly received from Fayose by labour
NLC denies allegation
Workers in Ekiti State, under the aegis of Ekiti Workers Rescue Team (EWRT), have petitioned the state House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts demanding probe of alleged monthly release of N6 million to labour leaders by former Governor Ayo Fayose for nearly four years.
They urged the Assembly panel to summon the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman, Mr. Ade Adesanmi and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Mr. Odunayo Adesoye, to explain how they spent the cash from 2015 to date, which amounted to about N264 million.
In the petition, dated November 23, 2018, a copy of which was made available to reporters on Tuesday in Ado, the EWRT claimed that N6 million monthly given to the labour leaders did not reflect in the union’s bank accounts.
Meanwhile, Adesanmi, who said he had not received a copy of the petition, denied collecting any largesse from the Fayose administration.He said unionism is not under the jurisdiction of the House of Assembly, saying that complaints against labour leaders should be taken to the national secretariats of their unions.
He said: “They (EWRT) are just chasing shadows; they are a group of former labour leaders who served out their terms and nobody chased them out of office.“They had raised several allegations, including the claim that I received N15 million for my father’s burial. All what they are saying now is not true, not at all, not at all.“You can do your own findings from the Office of Establishment, which supervises labour matters.”