Civil servants in Osun State yesterday ignored the directive of the labour leaders in the state to resume work following the truce reached with the state government over unpaid salary arrears.
The NLC chairman, Comrade Jacob Adekomi and chairman Joint Negotiation Council, JNC, Comrade Bayo Adejumo,had in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday ordered workers to resume work immediately. Although some allege that he confided in them that he made the announcement under duress.
In a similar development, controversy yesterday trailed the composition of the ad-hoc committee set up by state House of Assembly to investigate the petition written by a serving judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede seeking the investigation of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola over alleged financial recklessness since coming into office about five years ago.
The speaker of the state assembly Hon. Najeem Salami had announced the constitution of a seven-man committee consisting of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, during a press briefing in the chamber of the house.
The committee chaired by the deputy speaker, Mr. Adegboye Akintunde, has Owoeye Timothy, Adebayo Ajibola, Ogunsola Adeleke, Olalekan Rasheed, Akinola Adufe Olasunkanmi and Oladoyin Folorunsho as members.
According to the speaker, the Director on Legislative Matters and Director of Legal Services in the state will join the committee and serve at its secretariat.
However, the composition of the committee did not go down well with the two minority members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as they accused the house of allegedly sidelining them.
“We the minority have no confidence in the committee,” the minority leader representing Ife central, Mr. Makinde Oladejo said.
When asked why there was no member of the opposition party in the committee, the Speaker said the committee should comprise of experienced hands and not new members in the house.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also expressed displeasure has rejected the composition of the committee to investigate the petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, against Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The party, in a statement by Prince Diran Odeyemi, the PDP director of media and strategy, said the “lawmakers were not clever enough by deliberately leaving members of the opposition in the house out of the committee”.
The PDP alleged that the lawmakers were acting the script prepared by Governor Aregbesola and are now at the second stage of their plans.