Slapping Pregnant Worker: NLC writes Akeredolu, First lady, seeks sack of Odebowale

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ondo state Council has written Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Wife, Mrs Betty Akeredolu to officially protest the alleged assault on a pregnant Environmental Security Guard, Mrs Adeola Egbebi by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale.

The protest letters addressed to the governor and the first lady, was signed by the NLC Chairman, Comrade Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole and the state Secretary of the Congress, Comrade Kehinde Shado and a copy obtained by newsmen on Friday.

Below is the full text of the letters;

OD/NLC/47/273 7th May, 2021

Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,
Executive Governor,
Ondo State,
Akure.

RE: SLAPPING OF A PUBLIC SERVANT BY DR. DOYIN ODEBOWALE (SSA SPECIAL DUTIES)

We bring you solidarity greeting, Your Excellency.

It is with pain and heavy hearts that we write to report again (probably for the last time) on your appointee by name; Doyin Odebowale. It grieves our hearts that a man like him still finds space and expression in a decent and humane government like yours, Sir.

You will recall Your Excellency, that, Labour had last year written to your office on more than two occasions of the malfeasance and incorrigibility of Doyin Odebowale regarding his acclaimed working for Mr. Governor against our members, tempered us and openly warned him against reoccurrence of his obnoxious behaviours.

Our dear Governor, to our chagrin and disbelief the “animal” in Doyin Odebowale yesterday (6th May, 2021) reared its ugly head again when at the Erekesan Market, he inhumanly slapped a heavily pregnant woman by name Mrs. Egbebi Adeola.

Reports that reached the Congress from her colleagues on duty and her primary Union all pointed to the fact that, the victim did nothing to have deserved such animalistic treatment from Doyin Odebowale.

Your Excellency, with due respect and utmost regard for your office and person, we beg to say, enough is enough of Doyin Odebowale and his ignoble role in your government.

We are tempted to say, Doyin is the ‘black sheep’ in this government with the sole aim of tarnishing and destroying the good image Your administration has laboured to carve.

We own this government and there abounds eloquent testimonies of our and your achievements as a result of the industrial harmony and peace engendered by maturity understanding and warm relationship which are building blocks for the enduring and much talked about convivial atmosphere.

Therefore, an ‘utter stranger’ shall not be allowed, no more to truncate it.
We pray Your Excellency to immediately suspend Doyin Odebowale from office and set up a panel of inquiry to look into the matter with a view to coming up with appropriate sanctions if, found culpable in the matter.

To this end, Organised Labour shall commence immediate action to ensure that the ‘unwanted element’ is chased out of office starting from Monday 10th May, 2021.

We thank you, Your Excellency.

…for the Union makes us strong.

… ……………………………………………… ……………………………………
Com. Oluwole Adeleye Sunday
Chairman

Com. Shado F.K
Secretary.

OD/NLC/47/274 7th May, 2021

Her Excellency,
Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu,
Wife of the Governor,
Ondo State.

RE: SLAPPING OF A PUBLIC SERVANT BY DR. DOYIN ODEBOWALE (SSA SPECIAL DUTIES)

We greet you our dear First Lady, ma.

Nigeria Labour Congress is compelled to bring to your attention the untoward and inhuman treatment one Doyin Odebowale meted out on an innocent and heavily pregnant woman at Erekesan Market yesterday (6th May, 2021).

Labour has it on good authority that the woman haven’t completed her morning assignment by ensuring cleanliness of her bit as apportioned to her officially, sat to enjoy a deserving rest.

It was in the course of her sitting, that the ‘lord of the manor’ walked in and queried her reason for not jumping up to her feet on sighting him. The victim trying to explain her condition received a loud slap from Doyin Odebowale.

Ma, it took the quick intervention of the people around who rushed her to private Hospital as she fainted as a result of the assault and battery she suffered that prevented the unexpected from happening.

Our prayers to Her Excellency therefore are;

As a woman of substance and advocate against Violence Against Women, we pray that your office stand in defence of this poor woman by ensuring that Doyin Odebowale does not escape his punishment which should serve as deterrent to others and most importantly that, the poor are no slave to the privileged.

That, the woman receives the best treatment to ensure her safety in health and that of the unborn child.

That, Her Excellency joins in the campaign for the removal of Doyin Odebowale as he has done enough damage to the good name and image of this administration.

Your Excellency Ma, we are concerned because Mrs. Egbebi Adeola is a public servant at the Waste Management Board and we must be seen to rise in her defense at this point in time.

We crave the indulgence of your official support as we join your office in the continuation of your campaign for a just and fair society to our women.

We thank you ma.

… ……………………………………………… …Com. Oluwole Adeleye Sunday
Chairman

Com. Shado F.K
Secretary.