Offers to pay those who resume
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has moved to halt the strike action embarked upon by workers in the state.
The industrial action, which entered its fourth day, has paralysed government businesses and academic activities in public schools.
Apparently embarrassed by the Labour unions’ decision to go ahead with the strike, Fayose offered to pay workers that pull out of the action.
Speaking during his monthly media chat, Meet Your Governor on Friday evening monitored by our correspondent, Fayose stressed his readiness to pay workers of ministries, agencies and parastatals who opt out of strike and resume work from the N752 million received as allocation for April.
Apparently oblivious of the fact that Monday is a public holiday, the governor ordered the Accountant General to ensure payment of agencies ready to pull out of the strike and resume work.
The governor said: “Those that are ready to work, I will pay them from the N752 million we have received this month. EKSU is not on strike and JOHESU in EKSUTH have just written that they are not on strike.
“I will pay them and others who are ready to work but for those who say they are on strike, even if they are on strike for two months, they will meet me here whenever they decide to end their strike.”
Fayose said he took an exception to the remarks of Labour leaders against his person and office.
He scolded them for not challenging the immediate past administration for allegedly committing the state to indebtedness through bonds.
While expressing his concern and sympathy for workers over the inability of his administration to pay them as and when due, Fayose said he should not be blamed for the situation but the dwindling allocation from the Federation Account.
But former Speaker Olufemi Bamisile advised Fayose to resign from office over the failure of his government to pay workers their salaries.
Bamisile, who said the strike embarked upon by workers is already taking its toll on the state, claimed at least four lives have died at the emergency ward of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
The former Speaker said he visited the ward on Friday to see the situation for himself.
He argued that Fayose has failed Ekiti people and reneged on his electoral promises.
Bamisile said: “Fayose has no business being in office again because he has failed the people of Ekiti State.
“He promised them heaven and earth in the run-up to the 2014 governorship poll but he has failed to redeem his promises.
“His administration has inflicted unprecedented hardship on the people of Ekiti State.
“He promised to fill their stomachs with food but instead hunger is afflicting our people.”