Thirty five sacked workers of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, have cried loud that they have not been re – engaged by the institution.
In a petition to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, they said contrary to press releases from the palace of the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, the institution’s Governing Council and Management, they were yet to receive any formal document stating so.
Speaking through their legal counsel, Banjo Ayenakin & Co, the workers contended that contrary to news report in print, electronic and the social media, circulating in the state, they had not been reabsorbed. “ As a matter of fact, the news has been published in several bulletins and online news platforms as breaking and sensational news. We have the instruction of our clients to write this open letter to Mr. Governor; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu that our clients have not been informed by anyone howsoever that they have been reengaged; let alone being re-engaged. Our law firm; Banjo Ayenakin & Co has made frantic efforts to verify the authenticity of this news and found out that same is false and untrue”.
“The legal tussle over the legality or otherwise of the disengagement of our clients is still at the National Industrial Court, Akure”.
The lawyer stated further that, “ Prior to the disengagement; our clients committed no offence; they were never queried and they were never made to face any disciplinary panel. Consequent upon their disengagement; our clients wrote a letter to your excellency seeking justice and reinstatement to their employments. The letter was not replied; let alone our clients being reinstated. As a result of the injustice meted to our clients; we were instructed to file a civil suit against the management of the Polytechnic seeking reinstatement of our clients, among other reliefs.
“We are writing this open letter to Mr. Governor to clarify issues and to set the record straight.”