The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has told workers in the employ of the State Government that he has also embarked on strike.Fayose, according to a statement on Saturday, said the strike was in solidarity with the workers who last week embarked on industrial action to protest their unpaid five months salary.
He said he felt the pains of the workers but was helpless in the face of dwindling resources, which could not pay their salaries and allowances.He was quoted to have said: “I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with you.
I shared your pains , but it was rather unfortunate that a man can’t give what he doesn’t have. I have told you the true position of the finances of the state, of which you had played critical roles in allocation of federal allocations to relevant sectors which shows how well I had carried you along since the dwindling revenue to the state commenced.
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“During my first term, I mean, 2003 to 2006, I used to pay salary of workers by 21st of every month. But the present situation is very unfortunate and we have to learn how to live with it until the country wriggle out of it and things will change for better.
“I want to say that I will be expecting you back to your offices when you are ready to return to work. I shall be expecting you, because presently I am handicapped and there is nothing I can do. But before then, I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with your course.
But I appeal that you put the interest of the state above everything , because the present position affects everybody.”