Workers bid Institute DG bye with protest

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By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

Workers of Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (NINILS) under the aegis of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Unions (NASU) on Friday bid their outgoing Director General Salihu Alabi farewell with a peaceful protest.

They alleged the five-year tenure of Alabi was characterised with maladministration.

The placard-carrying protesters urged Federal Government and the Ministry of Labour to appoint a new director general that would effect positive turn around in the institute.

The protest, which was staged at the entrance of the institute, was jointly conducted by senior and junior staff who chanted solidarity songs.

Some of the placards read: “MINILS shall never return to Egypt”; “No promotion arrears in five years”; “We urge FG, ministry of Labour not to bring Alabi back” and “MINILS has been reduced to private venture”, among others.

Speaking with journalists during the protest, the NASU Kwara secretary, Comrade Oluwasina Owoeye and the chairperson of the union, Comrade Roseline Adebayo, described the outgoing DG as ineffective and insentive to development of the institute and welfare of workers.

The workers, who later swept the premises of the institute as a symbolic farewell activity to send away the DG, held an interfaith prayer session against return of what they described as unproductive adminstration.


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