Ekiti Workers Go “Spiritual” Over Unpaid Salaries


Ekiti workers have changed their battle strategy to a more spiritual one as they declare three days fasting and prayers for striking workers in the state.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the fasting and prayers which begins today, Tuesday, will end on Thursday.

The press release was signed by the secretaries of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. O. P. Olayemi; Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Mr. J.A. Adebayo and Joint Negotiating Council, Mr. Oladele Ayodeji.

The statement reads:

“In view of the current situation in Ekiti State as regards the ongoing strike embarked on by the entire workers in Ekiti State, all workers in Ekiti State are invited to a three-day fasting and prayers from Tuesday, 14th to Thursday, 16th June. It is expected that this should be replicated at all the 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti State.”

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Their action may seemingly be a bid to hasten the payment of their five months salaries owed by the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led administration.

In the last three weeks, the organised labour in the state, have led its members on strike. The Ekiti workers in its press release also debunked the rumour making the rounds that the strike had been suspended.

Yesterday, there were speculations that the trade unions decided to suspend the strike after an exhaustive meeting with the governor, which was held on Sunday.

Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Odunayo Adesoye, speaking in Ado Ekiti on the suspension stunt, said the rumour that the strike had been suspended was far from the truth.

However, Governor Ayodele Fayose of the State has excused himself and blamed his inability to pay workers salaries on the huge debt inherited from the immediate past administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

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According to Fayose, the N25 billion bonds from the Capital Market and another N31 billion commercial loans, by the Fayemi’s administration are responsible for the poor financial condition of the state and the challenges faced in the payment of workers’ salaries.