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TUC to Oshiomhole: You don’t have sufficient information — Ajaero didn’t visit Imo for politics

TUC to Oshiomhole: You don’t have sufficient information — Ajaero didn’t visit Imo for politics
November 15
10:49 2023

Festus Osifo, president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), says Adams Oshiomhole does not have enough information on the ongoing strike called by organised labour.

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, Osifo said Oshiomhole, the senator representing Edo north, commented on the strike based on information passed from the presidential villa.

On Tuesday, the former Edo governor, while addressing journalists at the presidential villa, said the ongoing strike is politically motivated.

Oshiomhole, a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), asked organised labour to prioritise the rights of workers rather than engage in politics.

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NATIONWIDE STRIKE

Recently, the NLC and TUC said they were embarking on the nationwide strike to protest the alleged assault of Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC, in Imo state.

The strike commenced at midnight on November 14.

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On Tuesday, there was partial compliance to the strike across the country.

The federal government had faulted the decision of the unions to embark on the strike.

‘OSHIOMHOLE IS BUSY WITH NATIONAL POLITICS’

During the interview, Osifo said Oshiomhole is busy with national politics, adding that the former NLC president should have reached out to union leaders for facts.

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The TUC president said Ajaero did not travel to Imo state on November 1 to entertain political issues.

“Our senior comrade, Adams Oshiomhole, is giving opinion based on the information he has,” he said.

“Today, he is a senator who is busy with national politics. I think he does not have sufficient information, maybe later we will give him as much information as possible, once he reaches out.

“He went to the villa to meet with them. That is the information that was given to him in the villa. Has he spoken to Joe Ajaero and senior labour leaders in the country to have their opinion?

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“Maybe the information he (Oshiomhole) got from the villa was that he (Ajaero) went there to play politics.

“But I will tell him clearly that was not the case.”

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