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Friday, June 24, 2016

Some Cheering News from Ekiti State As Civil Servants Suspend Strike

Reports coming out of Ekiti State (South West Nigeria) this evening has it that Civil servants in Ekiti State have suspended their 30-day-old strike after labour leaders signed an agreement with the state government. The labour leaders and the government signed the agreement at a meeting on Friday.

Seven resolutions were adopted at the meeting, including that no worker or representative of labour would be punished or victimised as a result of the strike. The Secretary to the Government, Modupe Alade; the Head of Service, Gbenga Faseluka; and the Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, were representatives of the government at the meeting.

On the side of the labour were the Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Oladipo Johnson; the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ade Adesanmi; and state Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Odunayo Adesoye.

A copy of the memorandum of understanding made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti indicated that the parties agreed that the state government would within seven days conclude its request with commercial banks to restructure personal loans granted public servants with a view to giving them relief from loan repayment. Under the agreement, the government is expected to pay two months’ salaries with that of January 2016 to be paid immediately after the suspension of the strike.

Provision is expected to be made for payment of the February 2016 salary as soon as the Budget Support Fund is available. Labour leaders could not be immediately reached for comment on the development. The Head of Service, however, expressed appreciation for the understanding shown by the labour leaders and the commitment of Governor Ayodele Fayose to ensure industrial harmony in the state.

Workers had embarked on strike on May 25 demanding payment of five months outstanding among other contentious issues. Recently, Ekiti state has been in the center Nigeria news media for reason that dont seem to pleasant. Governor Fayose is one of the fiercest critics of President Buhari. He is quoted once as having said that 'everybody can’t belong to the same political party, and that he was entitled to his view'. “You can’t silence everyone,” 

The Ekiti governor has severally questioned the capacity of Mr. Buhari to solve Nigeria’s economic crisis. He once said Mr. Buhari was “still in an analogue stage”, and that the President was clueless on the nation’s economy. “I am saying it expressly, (that) the president does not understand the economy,” said Governor Fayose.

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