In what appears a May Day clemency, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday pardoned three out of the four teachers and labour leaders who were sacked in October 2016 for allegedly breaching the civil service rule during the year’s World Teachers Day celebration held on October 5.
The Governor announced the clemency while making his speech at the MKO International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Those pardoned were the outgone State chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku and Nola Balogun.
The governor added that their sack has been converted to compulsory retirement with full benefits.
However, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Akeem Ambali, who had dragged the state government before the National Industrial Court, Lagos was excluded.
The governor said since Ambali has gone to court it would be prejudicial to talk about his own case.
He said, “Since the fourth person has gone to court, we must allow the process to run its course. After that we might now take decision on his case.”
He commended the state work force for their support for his administration, adding that 2016 was a challenging year both for the state and federal government.
He further reiterated his administration’s commitment to workers’ welfare, noting that efforts would be geared towards paying deductions and gratuities which were in arrears, as soon as funds were available.