National Art Theatre workers have debunked an online publication which claimed that they accused the management of the theatre of looting.
The workers made the denial in a communique they issued at the end of a meeting they held over the publication.
The JUC is made up of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), and Radio Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU).
The communique made available to NAN on Saturday was signed by Mrs Ogechi Ibeto and Mr Collins Olawuiye, Chairperson and Secretary, respectively, AUPCTRE, National Art Theatre Chapter; and Mr Augustine Agada and Mr Habib Usman, Chairman and Secretary, respectively, RATTAWU, National Theatre Chapter.
The workers described the publication as false and malicious.
“The publication is one-sided and does not represent the interest and opinion of the staffers of the National Theatre.
“The entire workers of the National Theatre wish to distance themselves from the publication in view of the fact that the publication is nothing but a fallacy.
They said that they had enjoyed industrial harmony and mutually beneficial industrial relations practises since the assumption of office by Prof. Sunday Ododo, as the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the government establishment.
“The staff and management of National Theatre will not tolerate any form of sponsored publication aimed at tarnishing the good image of the workers, the management and the general manager in the eyes of the public,” they said.
They said that the National Art Theatre did not cause indiscriminate parking by tanker drivers at the theatre.
The workers said that the management of National Art Theatre had leased a place for tankers to be parking.
“The land is around National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO),” they said.
The workers added that they did not kick against renovation of National Art Theatre as claimed by the publication.