Ondo oil palm workers protest over unpaid nine months salary arrears

WORKERS of the Okitipupa Oil Palm in Ondo State, on Tuesday, protested over the non-payment of their nine months salaries by the management of the company.

The workers, under the auspices of the Agriculture and Allied Employee’s Union of Nigeria, Ondo State Council, converged on the entrance of the company, blocking the main entrance of the oil palm. the company, chanting various solidarity songs.

The workers who called for the removal of the leader of the consultancy team and Managing Director of the company, Mr Taiwo Adewole, alleged the duo of mismanaging the affairs of the company.

The protesting workers said apart from the non-payment of salaries, the protesting workers alleged Adewole of financial recklessness saying he lacked the capacity to be in charge of the company.

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Other allegations levelled against the Managing Director of the oil palm company include illegal acceptance of cash deposit from customers, unwarranted security expenses, and payment of low salaries to the workers.

Speaking during the protest, the chairman of the union in the company, Mr Samson Lawal said Adewole was not capable to run the company effectively, asking for his removal.

Lawal said, ” He is not interested in the payment of workers salaries. He knew that workers salaries have not been paid for the past nine month’s, yet he has paid himself as well as his team salaries up to the month of November.

” Contracts are being awarded his friends and they are all abandoned. Since the resumption of the consultancy team in the company, he has no vision and mission for the company He has illegally collected over N30million from various customers without supplying them oil palm products

” So on behalf of all the workers, I called for the immediate removal and replacement of Adewole. ”

Reacting to the allegations, Adewole who denied all the allegations against him, said there was no iota of truth in the allegation, saying the protesting workers had been disengaged from the service of the company.

He said ” Each of the allegations is false, the board of the company even knows that it is false, the company is not owing anybody nine months salary. When we got to the office there in April, the previous management was owing to them five months salaries.

” The chairman of the company raised the money to clear their salaries arrears. The company has paid the staff of the company from November 2017 to June 2018. We have finished paying all the indebtedness on December 6, 2018.

” Now the company is undergoing restructuring so all appointments have been terminated and the operation of the company has been shut down. I have taken a step to calculate all their entitlement and outstanding salaries from October to November to pay them off. “

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