Story By Akinola Emmanuel, Tuesday April 20, 2021
Contrary to appeals and assurances by the Oyo state government that state government will not embark on demolition of BCOS quarters, members of the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, BCOS chapel as well as Radio and Television Theatre Arts Union (RATTAWU) early Tuesday morning locked major gate leading to the BCOS premises in protest against Oyo State Government’s insistence to demolish BCOS staff quarters.
The protest was led by the BCOS RATTAWU Chairman, Kolapo Carew and BCOS NUJ Chairman, Abiodun Akinkunle and other members of the two unions.
It was learnt that the members of the unions and those residing in the quarters blocked the main gate which led to some of staff resuming for work to park their vehicles outside the premises.
The Chairmen of the two unions, Abiodun Akinkunle and Kolapo Carew said they are waiting for Governor Seyi Makinde to respond to many issues raised as regards the planned demolition.
Some residents of the quarters who spoke to journalists lamented the steps being taken by the state government.
“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