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Workers’ Strike Grounds Governance in Ekiti, Offices Under Lock and Key

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

EKITI, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The industrial action declared by Ekiti State workers yesterday paralyzed governance, as all government offices were under lock and key.

The workers, under the auspices of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNI) embarked on an indefinite strike on Thursday to press home for series of demands from the State government.

The  unions had last week  Tuesday issued 24 hours ultimatum to Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay a sum of N512 million being money deducted from  December, 2015 salary or face industrial crisis.

The strike was later shelved due to the nationwide strike declared by National body of NLC to protest hike in fuel pump price by the Federal Government (FG).

After the suspension of the nationwide strike on Sunday night, the unions after their joint meeting of Tuesday, May 24 issued another 48 hours ultimatum to Governor Fayose on the need to comply swiftly to some of their sundry demands to avert crisis, which lapsed on Wednesday’s midnight.

When journalists visited the state secretariat along new Iyin road and the old Governor’s office at Oke Ori Omi, both in Ado Ekiti, the offices were deserted and were under lock and key.

Only few of the political appointees were seen doing skeletal works in their offices.

A statement signed by the State’s Chairmen of TUC, Coms Odunayo Adesoye, NLC, Ade Adesanmi and JNI Secretary, Oladele Blessing , said the strike became the  last resort after  they had displayed uncommon  understanding over the State’s  financial status .

The workers’ demands are: the release of the staff audit and verification conducted in April, 2015, disclosure of the monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), payment of arrears of salaries pension and gratuities; payment of September 2014 salary to primary school teachers, payment of 2014 and 2015 leave bonuses.

Others include: implementation of promotion for 2013, 2014, 2015, approval of inter-cadre transfer, remission of 10 per cent IGR to local government and stoppage of Joint Allocation Committee’s account, resuscitation of LG staff pension fund and release of running grants to secondary schools and LGs.

The labour leaders stressed: “Your Excellency Sir, we have remained calm since these days hoping that respite will soon come our ways, but hope is becoming a mirage. Besides, there is a limit to endurance”.



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