Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday, reinstated the Ogun State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Akeem Ambali, into the civil service, 28 months after dismissal.
Others reinstated along Ambali were Mr. Adegbenro Jolaolu, Mr. Emmanuel Asegbe and Miss Taylor Oluwatomiwa, who were dismissed in 2015, over an examination question believed to be offensive and too critical of the state government.
Ambali was sacked by the state government following the recommendation of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate alleged misconduct of the NLC chairman and some of its officials during the 2016 World Teachers Day Celebration. The approval and announcement of their reinstatement was contained In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the state government and the organised labour led by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, after an exhaustive meeting with Governor Amosun and labour leaders.
The NLC leadership had planned to embark on “Occupy Ogun State” yesterday, over alleged anti-workers policies of the state government, but had to put it on hold pending the outcome of a meeting between labour and government.
On Monday evening, the governor met with the labour leaders at his Oke-Mosan office, but, the meeting was reportedly inconclusive and was reconvened yesterday morning. Amosun was said to have on compassionate ground approved the reinstatement of Ambali into the service with immediate effect, following interventions by the leadership of Organised Labour and withdrawal of a law suit filed by the Ambali, at the National Industrial Court.