By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti — Council workers in Ekiti State yesterday resumed at their duty desks in all the 16 local governments after more than two months of strike action.
The workers operating under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Local Government workers (NULGE) had embarked on a strike action for the past two months to press home payment of N19,300 minimum wage and the payment of special allowance for the health workers.
A visit to Ado, Ikere, Irepodun/Ifelodun , Ekiti Southwest and Gbonyin council areas, have shown that workers’ turn out wás massive, as they did not only report at the local governments, but were seen in their offices busy with routine works that had been abandoned for a couple of months.
Reports from other local governments indicated that “the turn-out was really impressive.”
The Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Ekiti Chapter, Hon. Rotimi Ajidara, described the suspension of the strike as a display of patriotism by the council orkers.
He commended Fayemi for hearkening to the voices of the workers by conceding to their requests, saying this would engender harmonious working relationship between workers and government at all levels.
But the two months strike was suspended on Friday at a meeting attended by NULGE’s leadership and government’s team, comprising of the Commissioners for Information, Labour and Local Government Affairs, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, Mr. Wole Adewumi and Chief Dayo Fadipe respectively.