Group lauds government intervention in CRIN crisis
THE Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) in Oyo State has lauded the federal government’s intervention in the industrial crisis in the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN)
It also welcomed the decision of the government directing the Executive Director of CRIN, Prof. Malacky Akoroda to proceed on indefinite leave following the continuous protest of workers against his style of leadership.
The group in a statement said the decision would bring about a big relief to the current chaotic atmosphere that has characterised CRIN for weeks now.
The group in the statement by its state coordinator, Bamigboye Abiodun however noted that with the serious allegation of highhandedness leveled against Prof. Akoroda-led administration, a mere indefinite leave without taking any visible and practical step to immediately set up a panel to investigate and probe all the allegations, would not only amount to an attempt to cover up these allegations but to also make sure that other demands of the protesting workers and members of the community are ignored.
While commending the exceptional determination and courage displayed by the entire CRIN workers and members of the host community at the critical stage of the struggle, the group warned that failure by the government to look into the allegations might dampen the morale of the protesting workers.
The group then urged the CRIN workers in conjunction with members of the host community to continue to demand the: immediate and unconditional reinstatement of the 95 sacked workers of the institute as well as the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of activities of proscribed unions in the institute.
It also demanded regular and timely promotion of staffs in accordance with public service rules; end to corruption, attack on democratic rights and mismanagement of the resources meant for the adequate and effective running of the institute and immediate payment of October and September, 2013 salaries of workers in the institute.
The group also demanded a democratic running and control of the institute and its resources by the elected representative of workers and community saying this will largely compel the new director of the institute to rely on the collective decision of workers and members of the community as the major source of his authority against the present order whereby the ED derives his power from either the politicians or representatives of their bureaucratic structures in the federal ministry, departments and agencies.
Without CRIN being run on this kind of democratic structure, it is very possible that whosoever takes over from Prof. Akoroda will sooner or later begin to exhibit a similar kind of despotism which forced the mass of the CRIN workers and members of the host community to embark on the mass protest that successfully forced the government to ask Prof. Akoroda to proceed on the so called indefinite leave”, the group said
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