Ekiti workers suspend strike amid protest against government’s alleged profligacy
Civil servants in Ekiti State yesterday suspended their four-week-old strike following the signing of an agreement with the state government agreeing to a seven-point deal.
Secretary to the governor, Dr Mrs Modupe Alade, the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka and the Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, represented the government, while labour was represented by the Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Oladipo Johnson; the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ade Adesanmi and State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Odunayo Adesoye.
Meanwhile several civil society groups yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti against the alleged financial recklessness and looting of the treasury by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The groups alleged that with the revelations coming from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Fayose is “richer than Ekiti State”.
Among agreement between labour and the state government was that government should 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; and payment of January 2016 salary immediately and the payment of February salary as soon as Budget Support Fund is available.