By Dayo Johnson
The laid off workers from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State petitioned Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the weekend, stating that they had not been reabsorbed.
Let us remember that in 2019 the 35 officials of the institution assigned to the personnel of the primary and secondary schools of the Polytechnic were disengaged.
They were owed several months’ wages and were not paid any rights.
In a petition to Governor Akeredolu through his lawyer, Banjo Ayenakin & Co, the workers maintained that, contrary to the news circulating in the state, they had not been reabsorbed.
The petition reads: “Our clients’ attention has been drawn to a series of press releases from Olowo’s Palace in Owo; Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye; the Governing Council of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic and the management of the Polytechnic in the sense that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has rehired all the personnel separated from the Polytechnic. In fact, the news has been published in various bulletins and online news platforms as breaking news and sensational news.
“We have the instruction of our clients to write this open letter to the Governor; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu that our clients have not been informed by anyone, however, that they have re-engaged; much less re-commit. Our law firm; Banjo Ayenakin & Co has made frantic efforts to verify the authenticity of this news and found that it is false and not true.
“The legal dispute about the legality or not of the separation of our clients is still in the National Industrial Court, Akure. Before disconnection; our clients did not commit any offense; They were never questioned or forced to face any disciplinary panel.
“Consistent with your disengagement; our clients wrote a letter to their excellence requesting justice and reinstatement to their jobs. The letter was not answered; much less that our clients are reinstated. As a result of the injustice inflicted on our clients; We were instructed to file a civil lawsuit against the management of the Polytechnic seeking the reinstatement of our clients, among other relief.
“We are writing this open letter to the Governor to clarify the issues and make things clear.”