OSOGBO (Sundiata Post) – The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday described as a rude shock the news of the death of former Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Osun, Comrade Francis Adetunji.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to the state, it’s TUC Chapter and the labour union in general.
The statement quoted the Governor as saying the deceased labour leader was a great labour activists and leader of purpose.
According to him, Comrade Adetunji was a union leader, who knew when to fight and when to employ dialogue whenever there was a disagreement between labour and the government.
He commended Adetunji for his understanding and the commitment to Government/labour relationship when he was the chairman.
The statement said in part: “The death of Comrade Francis Adetunji is indeed a very devastating one.
“We received it with heavy heart and felt very sad that a vibrant, articulate and objective labour leader suddenly bowed out at this critical time.
“Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to us in the state and to the TUC Chapter in the state and across Nigeria.
“Adetunji’s death will leave a huge gulf in labour unionism here in Osun and the entire country.
“On behalf of the government and people of Osun, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Comrade Adetunji’s family – immediate and extended, TUC/NLC in Osun and the the national labour union.
“May his soul rest in peace and find a permanent abode in paradise.”