Ondo commissioner slaps director

Ondo State Commissioner for Transport Nicholas Tofowomo yesterday allegedly slapped a director in the Ministry of Works, Mr. M. Afeniforo.

The ministry’s workers protested for several hours and gave the state government a five-day ultimatum to remove the commissioner.

Sources said Tofowomo approached Afeniforo for a tractor, but was told that all the tractors were on sites.
Afeniforo also reportedly explained to Tofowomo that the Commissioner for Works, Gboye Adegbenro, had gone to inspect road projects at Ilara Mokin.

Tofowomo reportedly phoned Adegbenro and told him that Afeniforo said he had diverted all the tractors to his home town.

Sources said the director took exception to this, insisting that he did not tell the Commissioner for Transport that tractors had been diverted to Ilara-Mokin.
It was learnt that an argument ensued and the commissioner allegedly slapped the director.
Workers, led by officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), converged on the Ministry of Works and protested the alleged assault.

The Chairman of the Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Mr. Solomon Adelegan, intervened and cautioned the workers.

The Head of Service, Mrs. Kosemani Kolawole, invited Afeniforo and the permanent secretary to settle the matter.

It was learnt that Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi went to the ministry and apologised to the workers, but they insisted on Tofowomo’s sack.
Several calls made to Tofowomo were not replied.

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