The crisis rocking the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation took another dimension today as workers of the organisation vowed not to allow the Director General of the corporation, Ladi Akeredolu-Ale to gain access into the premises.
The workers who issued a statement to condemn the state of workers’ welfare however expressed shock over the presence of stern looking
security agents at the entrance of their office.
No fewer than 50 police officers with two Armoured Personnel Carrier and about five police patrol vans were also stationed at the main gate, apparently to forestall breakdown of law and order by the aggrieved workers.
The workers were alleged to have threatened to torch the station if the government failed to look into their demands. They however denied the allegation, saying they cannot destroy the source of their livelihood.
A leader of the workers, Taiwo Ibitoye said they were surprised at the presence of security agents, saying there was no protest in whatever form to call for such invasion.
Ibitoye bemoaned the collapsed structure and equipment at the studio, calling on the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.
He noted that no value had been added to both the 96.5 fm of the station and the Television station in spite of the over N80million internally generated revenue accrued to it on yearly basis.
According to the workers, the state governor was unaware of the problems facing the station, alleging that various attempts to bring their concerns to his notice were thwarted by the management under the leadership of the Director General, Akeredolu-Ale.
The leaders said, the Fm station is dead, while the Television station is
standing on one leg due to lack of necessary facilities, saying that the
state government had been supplying diesel to the corporation since 2009 without collecting anything from its IGR, lamenting that no explanation was given on how the IGR is being spent.
The workers said, “we don’t know what is happening to the revenue of the station because workers’ welfare are not prioritized. Training and re-training are put on hold since 2010, when the newsroom ranks as the worst among its
peer, as no worker is said to be enjoying his work”
The Police Public Relation Officer, Wole Ogodo however said the deployment of the anti-riot policemen was because of the information received that
some people were coming to cause trouble.
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