The General Manager of Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, OGBC, Tunde Awolana, has submitted a letter of voluntary retirement to the state government.
The letter was tendered a few hours after workers at the station commenced a strike over the management’s failure to pay about N148,260,000 entitlements of workers.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the workers commenced their indefinite strike on Wednesday morning, locking the entrance to the radio station. The workers stormed the station as early as 4.30 a.m. armed with chain and padlock, which they used to lock up the door leading to the studio and other offices.
The workers were led by their leaders, Abiodun Ogundipe (Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ), and Ayo Aina (Chairman, Radio Television and Theater Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU).
However, the government in a statement issued by Head of Service, Abayomi Sobande, announced Mr. Awolana’s retirement on Wednesday and said it had been accepted.
The statement also directed the most senior management staff of the station to immediately take over its administration until further directive.
The Head of Service, thereafter, visited the station to hold meeting with management staff and leaders of the striking workers, a meeting that ended in a stalemate.
In a related development, the General Manager of the sister station, Ogun State Television, Dele Bolujoko, also tendered his retirement letter effective Wednesday, the head of service said.
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