belloAnother round of industrial crisis looms in Kogi State as the organised labour in the state, on Tuesday, demanded  the removal of the chairman of the screening committee set up by the state government, Brigadier-General Paul Okuntimo (retd), and also that he should be relieved of his appointment as the special adviser to the governor on security matters.
This is just as the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Onuh Edoka, was said to have been screened out of the civil service and categorised as one of the ghost workers on the payroll of the state government.
The labour unions, comprising NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC),  accused the chairman of high handedness and taking unilateral decisions on issues that affected the screening of the state and local government workers.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the unions, the state chairman of TUC, Ranti Ojo, said Okuntimo should be removed as he cannot deliver on such sensitive assignment, adding that the labour unions had, since last Thursday, withdrawn their members from the committee.
The organised labour, which rejected the purported list of local government workers released by the committee, however, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government, after which they would resume the strike  that was suspended earlier in the year.
However, while reacting to the allegations by the unions, Okuntimo said the labour leaders were only crying wolf because of their involvement in the acts ongoing in the state public service.
He said the unions lacked locus standi to call for his removal as they were not consulted by Governor Bello before he was appointed.
Okuntimo said: “What I saw in those union leaders is that they are not sincere, they were found compromising their position in the field, when I discovered this, I confronted them. I am preparing my case against them.

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