The joy of the 91 staff of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), who were about three years ago controversially sacked by the immediate past administration of Prof. Malachi Akoroda, knew no bounds Thursday, as they resumed for work after the Federal Government had ordered their reinstatement.
Clad in ankara uniform, specially chosen for the occasion by the jubilant workers and their unions’ leaders, the workers assembled at the entrance of the institute accompanied by a mobile musical band, dancing, singing and praising God, as well as the Federal Government, for bringing them back to their duty posts.
Owing to a deluge of allegations of high-handedness and oppressive rule against union members, the administration of Akoroda was mirred with crises in the Institute to the extent that some women staff and villagers in the community went half nude few months ago. The Federal Government subsequently relieved the former University of Ibadan lecturer, to allow for peace to reign.
Welcoming them back to work, the Acting Executive Director of the institute, Dr. (Mrs.) Feyisara Okelana congratulated the workers for being alive to witness the occasion of their reinstatement as she recalled that the FG, after thorough investigation of their cases found out that they were unjustifiably sacked by the past administration.
She used the occasion to charge the workers to put behind them the ugly experience and re-dedicate themselves to their work, noting that the mandate of the institute as a frontline research centre on Cocoa and some other cash crops could not have been more relevant than now when agriculture has become the vocal point of the current administration in the country.