Resign Now, Civil Society CoalitionTells Aregbesola Over Sacked Workers in Osun

Rauf AregbesolaCivil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of Civil Societies
Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEO) has advised the
State governor,Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola  to tender his resignation
letter from office over illegal sacked of no fewer than 141 members of
the Academic and Non-Academic Staff Union of the two Colleges of
Education in the State,thereby condemning the State government action
over the matter.

Meanwhile, the group also disclosed that Mr. Aregbesola has  directed
the management of the two Polytechnics in the State to give sack
letters to over 100 both academic and non- academic staff of the
institutions this week,adding that the development had shown that Mr
Aregbesola did not not have capability to rule the State again and he
should resign honourably for visionary leader to take the mantle of
State leadership.

The rights group maintained  that the illegal action of Mr Aregbesola
confirmed the group's earlier prediction that Aregbesola had concluded
arrangement to sack Nine thousand five hundred and eighty two (9,582)
workers across the 30 local governments and Modakeke Area Council,
Civil Service, tertiary institutions, teaching and other public
service establishment of the State.

It however, thrown its weight behind the on-going strike embarked upon
by the medical doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident
Doctors (ARD) and their counterparts, Osun State Association of
Medical and Dental Officers (OSAMDO),supporting the decision of the
Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) of the
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital,Osogbo, to
join the ongoing strike as part of their solidarity to their
colleagues in the State.Civil Service.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the CSCEO's
Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi sulaiman,which a copy was made
available to newsmen in Osogbo on Monday,vowed that the Civil Society
group has prepared to resist all the anti-workers policies of Rauf
Adesoji Aregbesola’s government which  was absolutely contrary to the
Labour Law,Labour and Allied Matter Act,workmen's Compensation Act and
Locus Classicus Labour Act,urging the affected workers in the State
owned tertiary institutions to remain  steadfast in rejection of the
obnoxious and illegal termination of their appointment by the ignoble
and satanic government of  Rauf Aregbesola.

Comrade Sulaiman who also doubled as Executive Chairman,Centre for
Human Rights and Social Justice(CHRSJ),advised the State government
under Aregbesola's
watch to rescind its decision by withdrawing the sack letters issued
to the affected workers in the State owned tertiary institutions
immediately and tendered the unreserved public apology to the affected

He then urged the governor to withdraw the threaten statement of
sacking of over 500 medical doctors in the service of  the state
government and meeting their legal home demands,adding that failure of
the State government to yield to the warning against this illegal action,might
lead to embarking of Statewide continuous peaceful protest to be
tagged "Operation Stop Nonsense,Operation Counter Anti-Workers
agenda,Operation Paid the Workers Salaries,Operation Enough is
Enough,Operation Bring out bailout Fund,Operation Aregbesola Must Go
and host of others".

Speaking further on the development, the CSCEO boss declared that the
group has ready to team up with the leadership of the affected union
to champion the struggle against the State government  on its current
anti workers policies which should not be allowed to stand,insisting
that Mr Aregbesola had shown his inability to govern the State again
and he should resign immediately without further delaying.

His words: “Aregbesola’s administration is deficient in honesty, deficient in
honour and deficient in truth. The only thing it has in surplus is
saying something and doing something else. His financial recklessness
which resulted in borrowing in excess of over Four Hundred Billion
naira(N400billion) which he claimed to be spent on projects which are
not in the interest of the welfare of our people had left Osun people
poorer. So great is his dishonesty that when he says ‘good morning’
one needs to cross-check three times before answering”.

Also speaking on the educational policy of the State government,
Comrade Sulaiman maintained that Aregbesola promised to build
twenty-seven (27) model schools across the State with the N11.4
billion acclaimed free interest loan obtained from “SUKUK” in 2013 and
the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Universal Basic
Education Commission (UBEC) also released sum of N13.9billion to the
State for the same purpose, stressing that the question in the lips of
the right thinking citizens of the State now is that what happened to
the UBEC’s fund released for the same purpose?, adding that Aregbesola
had succeeded in shortchanging the good people of the State for his
own selfish benefit and must be made to account for it.

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