Workers deny publication accusing National Art Theatre management of looting

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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.

They held the meeting the platform of Joint Union (JUC), National Theatre Chapter.

The JUC is made up of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE), and Radio Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU).

The communique made available to NAN Saturday 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, and Secretary, respectively, RATTAWU, National Theatre Chapter.

The workers described the publication as false and malicious.

They said that the publication with the caption “National Theatre workers accuse management staff of looting, selling properties”, deceptive.

“The publication is one-sided and does 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.

is a figment of the writer’ imagination,” they said in the communique.

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 Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the establishment.

“Our Treasury Single Account remittance has improved tremendously over and above what used to be since the management came board in spite of the ongoing renovation of the complex.

“The staff and management of National Theatre will tolerate any form of sponsored publication aimed at tarnishing the good image of the workers, the management and the manager in the eyes of the public,” they said.

They said that the National Art Theatre did 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.

The workers the public to disregard the anonymous publication, which they said, lacked and did not conform to reality.