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Governors take last moment decision

Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has reinstated the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Akeem Ambali, into the state’s civil service after his sack in October 2016 with three other civil servants who suffered similar fate.

They were accused of professional misconduct during the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration in the state.

The reinstatement followed a protracted meeting between the state government led by Amosun and the national leadership of the NLC led by its president, Ayuba Wabba.

The meeting, which was inconclusive on Monday, was reconvened yesterday.

Amosun said: “They have just christened me Comrade Governor and I am happy about that. I think it is just a communication gap and we have blocked the gaps, all matters have been amicably resolved.”

Wabba, in his comment, said: “We have met and all the issues have been amicably resolved as you have heard from His Excellency. We have to thank him for his large heart and for the time and importance he has given to all the issues which has led to a meaningful resolution.

In a related vein, the Oyo State Government has commenced payment of pensions and gratuities of retired primary school teachers as well as local council workers across the state.

The state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Seun Abimbola, made the disclosure during a news conference in Ibadan yesterday.

Abimbola said N1.5 billion had been released for immediate disbursement to retirees across the state, saying that such step would be repeated on quarterly basis till the entire debt was settled.

He said that the decision was part of resolutions reached by a 16-member committee set up to resolve the legal impasse between the state government and pensioners, which resulted in a consent judgment by the Industrial Court.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, said that about 1,100 pensioners would benefit from the first tranche of the N1.5 billion.

He said the payment would cover both the dead and the living.

Also, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said that his administration will turn around most of the riverine communities to modern towns in the next four years when he returns for the second term.

The governor gave the assurance yesterday while commissioning series of projects by Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) at Oboghoro and Utonlila communities in Warri North Local Council of the state.

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