‘Di­ver­sion of dues af­fect­ing health work­ers op­er­a­tion’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

The Med­i­cal and Health Work­ers Union of Nige­ria (MHWUN), Ogun State Coun­cil has flayed some of its branches that are en­gaged in il­le­gal di­ver­sion of dues for per­sonal use.

Im­me­di­ate past chair­man of the union in the state, Com­rade Adetola Ba­lo­gun, in his ad­dress at the Quad­ran­gle del­e­gates con­fer­ence held at the Nige­rian Labour Congress (NLC) sec­re­tar­iat, Abeokuta at the week­end, said such il­le­gal di­ver­sion and other out­stand­ing dues with branches stood at N17 mil­lion.

Ba­lo­gun, who noted that fi­nance was one of the chal­lenges fac­ing the union, said more could have been achieved if the funds had been re­mit­ted into the cof­fers of the state coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “the ma­jor chal­lenge of the state coun­cil is fi­nance. This is as a re­sult of the non­remit­tance of the union’s le­git­i­mate Check-Off-Dues by most of our pay­points and the greed­i­ness of some of our branches who il­le­gally di­vert the union dues in their cus­tody to pri­vate pock­ets. I re­ported to the state coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing last week that the out­stand­ing dues with branches stood at N17 mil­lion. More could be achieved by the union, es­pe­cially in the rank­ing of the state coun­cil by the na­tional sec­re­tar­iat if this fund had been re­mit­ted into the cof­fers of the state coun­cil.”

Ba­lo­gun noted that the sit­u­a­tion called for self ex­am­i­na­tion, stress­ing that, “if you are elected to rep­re­sent the union but turn out to be ma­nip­u­lat­ing the process and en­dan­ger­ing the sur­vival of the union, it is very un­for­tu­nate. It is my hum­ble ad­vice to the in­com­ing ex­ec­u­tive to en­sure the re­cov­ery of this our com­mon­wealth from de­fault­ing branches’’.

From left: Ghana­ian Pres­i­dent John Ma­hama, Vice Chan­cel­lor Univer­sity of Ilorin, Prof. Ab­dul­ganiyu Am­bali and Kwara State Gover­nor, Dr. Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed at the Ilorin In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ilorin Satur­day.

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