Nigeria: Union Leaders of Ekiti Radio, TV Redeployed

Regulation & Policy

As the crisis rocking the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) continues unabated, the State government has redeployed three union leaders of the corporation believed to be at the vanguard of the crisis, which paralysed all activities of the stations.

But following the redeployment of the three union leaders to the Ministry of Establishment and Training, where they were asked to report for further details, other workers of the two stations, radio and television have downed tools, a development which led to the closure of the corporation for the past three days.

Those redeployed are Yemisi Ayokunle, Chairman of the Radio and Television Workers Union (RATAWU), Akinwale Olaoye, Chapel Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Arije Kemi of the National Union of Confidential Secretaries of Nigeria.

Workers of the corporation have been at loggerheads with the Director General of the organisation, Dr Segun Aderiye, for over three months, over various allegations ranging from highhandedness, lack of modern equipment to work with, poor workers' welfare and executive censorship of the news items among others.

The workers also accused Aderiye of being fetish, alleging that he had invited some priests during the crisis to sprinkle table salt within the station complex to ward off evils.

However, the DG, in his defence of the allegations, blamed the State government for not releasing funds for the purchase of modern equipment for the two stations, just as he said several efforts were made over the promotions of the workers, which he said were frustrated by the actions of the workers who chose to embark on strike, while negotiation was on.

It would be recalled that during the regime of the former Acting Governor, Hon Tunji Odeyemi, the workers staged a peaceful protest, giving a 21-day ultimatum with which the state government must remove the DG or face the consequence.

Odeyemi subsequently set up investigative panel to unravel the circumstance leading to the unrest in the corporation.However, while reacting to this latest development, the State Chairman of the NUJ, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, said the incident at the BSES was avoidable but went out of hand because of breach of agreement by the government.

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