Members of the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, BCOS chapel and those of Radio and Television Theatre Arts Union (RATTAWU) have shutdown Oyo State radio and television stations in protest against Oyo State Government’s insistence to demolish their staff quarters.
The Pacesetter News understands that there are 48 (forty-eight) members of staff and their family members living in the staff quarters. The quarters also accomodates some staff members on night shifts or who work till 1am.
The unions leader lamented that Governor Seyi Makinde’s move is a misplaced priority.
“It is true we heard about the demolition but we never believed it until Makinde asked his people to come and demolish it on Monday.
“How can Makinde add to the suffering of workers? We don’t know what the government is planning to do here but he has decided to demolish it. We are here to resist the attempt.
“As we speak, we have not moved our things out of the staff quaters. How much is our salary? Out of about 36 editorial workers, 22 are not full staff members. We wrote many letters to the governor but he did not give them jobs.
“The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) had several times pushed for the regularisarion of their appointments but nothing happened. Yet, Makinde decided to demolish the staff quarters. This is absolute bunkum! We won’t accept it,” they said