The Oyo State Chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has announced a stay at home order to its members following the protracted crisis rocking local government administration in the state.
A resolution signed by State Secretary of the union, Chucks M. Nwankwo, dated 25 January, 2020 and made available to newsmen in Ibadan after an emergency meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) of NULGE stated that the directive takes effect from January 27, 2020 and that it affects all NULGE members in the local governments and local council development areas across the state.
The NULGE leadership, in the resolution read to newsmen after the emergency SEC and State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting held at its State Secretariat, stated that the decision became imperative following the posturing of Mr. Abass Alesinloye Abass, directing dissolved members of ALGON to return to the local governments as duly elected chairmen of councils despite their sack and the appointment of 68 caretaker chairmen by the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
The resolution directed all NULGE members in all the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas to stay away from work until the issue of local government leadership is resolved.
The NULGE leadership explained that it took the position to prevent its members from becoming victims of violence and uncertainties in the coming days.
The body, rising from an emergency meeting on Saturday, hinged its directive on the rising tension and state of uncertainty in the State, noting that its members should stay-at-home to avoid being caught up in the tension and impending crisis that could follow attempts to take over the local governments by the dissolved local government chairmen.
The statement reads: “This is to bring to the notice of our members i.e. workers in the Local Government Service of Oyo State, the decision of an emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held today, 25 January 2020 on the unfolding leadership feud in the local governments of Oyo State.
“Arising from the meeting, Local Government workers are hereby directed to stay away from work, effective from Monday January 27, 2020 until further notice. All offices and adjoining entrances should be under lock and key.
“Our decision is to foster peace and the assurance of safety and security in the workplace. This step is in the interest of our members as well as that of the general public and the good people of Oyo State.”
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, NULGE president, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, said the decision that local government workers should stay at home was in the interest of their members and for their safety.