The staff of the Ekiti State Government have today commenced an indefinite strike following the attitude of the incumbent Governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose over their unpaid salaries.
Some of the angry staff went as far as chasing out their colleagues who have resumed duty at the early hours of today out of their offices.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, the staff under the Umbrella of the aegis of Ekiti Workers Rescue Team accused Fayose of not paying listening ears to their agitation for the payment of over seven months salary being owned by the state government.
The staff also disclosed the dismissal of the State’s chapter Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress executives over alleged incompetence.
Speaking on behalf of the staff, former Chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Com Ayodeji Aluko and his counterpart in Trade Union Congress(TUC), Com Kolawole Olaiya in a jointly signed statement said: “Today, we are dissolving the executives of NLC and TUC in Ekiti and they stand dissolved, because their leaders, Ade Adesanmi and Odunayo Adesoye have lost their values.”
“They are no longer talking about the welfare of the workers they were expected to defend. “We decided not to do this protest before the election so that they won’t read political meanings to it.”
“Workers have died, just because they are not paid. In 2014, Governor Fayose said any governor who owed just a month salary because he is building infrastructure doesn’t worth being a governor.”
“Today, the governor is owing pensioners ten months, LG workers eight months and civil servants and teachers are owed six months. We are not fighting Governor Fayose but he must pay the workers.”
“Shortly after the election, Fayose quickly paid six-month salaries and furniture allowances of political office holders, then what becomes of our teeming workers?”
“It was sad that Adesanmi and Adesoye decided to give Fayemi three months moratorium to pay workers when assumed office when they were practically doing nothing to ensure that Governor Fayose doesn’t leave office a debtor governor as he promised.”
“We hereby declare indefinite strike commencing from today and only the national secretariats of both TUC and NLC can negotiate on our behalf because we no longer trust the State leadership of the two congresses”