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Okitipupa oil palm workers protest unpaid salaries

Okitipupa oil palm workers protest unpaid salaries

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Peter Dada, Akure

Workers of the Okitipupa Oil Palm Company in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State have called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the alleged maladministration of the firm.

The workers, who alleged that the state government-owned company was owing them seven months’ salaries, staged a protest and demanded the removal of the managing director, Mr Taiwo Adewole, for allegedly mismanaging the company’s finances.

Adewole was said to have resumed as the head of the company in April this year.

The protesters were armed with placards with various inscriptions such as, ‘Governor Akeredolu save our soul’; ‘ Adewole must go’ and ‘Adewole must pay our salaries’, among others.

The protesting workers also chanted various solidarity songs.

Speaking with our correspondent, the leader of the protesters, Mr Samuel Lawal, alleged that the company had been going backward after Adewole took over its administration and appealed to the governor to rescue the workers from the challenges they were facing.

According to him, there is a need for the state government to appoint another person as the managing director of company.

He also alleged that the accountant of the company was sacked by the managing director because he objected to Adewole’s reckless spending.

Lawal further alleged that since the accountant was sacked, Adewole had become the sole signatory to the accounts of the company, giving him opportunities to spend the firm’s funds the way he wanted.

In his reaction, Adewole denied the allegations, saying he had problems with the workers because he changed the corrupt system with which the company was being run over the years.

Adewole stated, “Whatever they are saying is far from the truth; in the last many years, they have never operated any bank account and the company is a public company. I resumed in April this year and what I have done between April and now is very clear.

“In the last six years, there was no audited account; the board commissioned a forensic audit, which revealed so much fraud that had been perpetrated by the staff of the company; and when we came, we said we are going to create a cashless policy that everyone should go and open bank accounts and that every transaction of the company will be done through the bank.”

He added, “The company, as a public company, has 15,000 shareholders without any returns for their investment in the last 15 years, and we told them that things could not continue like this.”

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