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Customs-Smugglers Clash: Ogun Assembly Cautions On Loss Of Lives

The Ogun State House of Assembly has cautioned operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to be more civil while apprehending smugglers in border towns in the State so as to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi made the appeal while responding to the submission of the member representing Imeko/Afon State Constituency, Hon. Jemili Akingbade, who spoke under personal explanation, during the Plenary of the Assembly at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

While condoling with the families of those who lost their lives in the incident, Adekunbi said the State Government had waded into the matter to prevent a reoccurrence, saying there was need for the men of the Service to always exercise restraint in the use of fire arms, to prevent avoidable deaths.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has urged the State Chapter of the Joint Health Workers’ Union (JOHESU) to shelve its industrial action, in the best interest of the people of the State.

Adekunbi gave the admonition in his response to the remark of the member representing Abeokuta North State Constituency, Hon. Olayiwola Ojodu, under Personal explanations, with a call on the Union to put an end to the solidarity strike in support of its National body, while appealing to the national body to engage the Federal government in a dialogue to bring an end to the on-going industrial dispute.

He also pleaded with the Union to be patient with the Federal government in fulfilling its obligations in the health sector, just as he acknowledged that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led- administration in the State remained committed to promoting workers welfare, particularly in providing qualitative health care delivery, as envisioned in the State five cardinal programmes.

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