ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS: FUOYE UNION LEADERS CLEAR AIR

By Roundoffnews.

The leadership of the Non Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Federal University Oye Ekiti chapters have sympathized with some journalists who were harassed by two staff of the institution on Wednesday.

The two unions had on Wednesday organized a joint congress to give feedback to their members on the agitations concerning the insensibility of the management of the university to the welfare of workers and irregularities that characterized the just concluded promotion examination.

During the congress, two staff of the institution who were loyal to the management and allegedly sponsored to disrupt the congress pounced on journalists who came to cover the congress and in the process damaged their working tools.

In a statement in Oye Ekiti, the chairman of NASU Comrade Ayodele Ojumoola and that of SSANU Comrade Yekeen Oyelude said members of the union were responsible citizens and would not under any guise harass law abiding journalists who have come to carry out their social responsibilities.

According to them, the congress was already ongoing when they noticed that the journalists and the duo were involved in a hot argument.

They said “We intervened immediately we noticed the development and apologized to the journalists because we are responsible Labour leaders and will not descend so low to that level of harassing journalists.

The union leaders also dissociated themselves from the report that the unions were agitating for Christmas bonus, saying that the union had overtime agitated for good working condition, payment of outstanding allowances as well as justice in the promotion of workers.

“We never made case for Christmas bonus, because we know that its a privilege and not a right, we have only led our members on demands for things that we know are due to us under the law and we shall continue to press for all these demands irrespective of any attempt to bridle us.

The union leaders said they would continue to hold men of the pen profession in high esteem and maintain cordial working relationship with them.