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Workers of Oyo State TV Station (BCOS) tackles Makinde over Government’s plan to demolish their Staff Quarters

Workers of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) has kicked against the move of the Oyo State Government to demolish its staff quarters located in the Station’s premises in Basorun, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

A worker of the station who spoke with SaharaReporters confirmed that the workers union of the station has kicked against it as the staff quarters accommodates members of the staff especially workers on night shifts or who work till 1am.

The staff quarters was built during the regime of David Medayese Jemibewon, a retired Nigerian Army major general who served as military governor of the defunct Western State (August 1975 – March 1976) during the military regime of General Murtala Muhammed to accommodate and support the staff of the station.

It once housed the likes of Chief Bisi Adesola, formal Head of Service/Secretary to the State Government (1997-1999), Ambassador Yemi Farounbi, Bunmi Ayegoro, and the present Execution Chairman of the Corporation, Prince Dotun Oyelade.

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Speaking on the Government’s plan to demolish the building, workers’ union leader describes the attempt as a misplaced priority on the part of the Government.

He said: “This is misplaced priority. 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. Our people are coming out tomorrow and they will 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,” he said.

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