BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—FOLLOWING the intervention of the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, the striking members of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Edo State, yesterday, called off their strike and gave the state government till the end of January, 2014 to meet their demands.
The workers, however, called for the immediate sack of the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Maj. Lawrence Loye (rtd), for allegedly masterminding the manhandling of NLC members, including the Chairman, Comrade Emma Ademokun, during the strike which commenced on December 3.
It was not an easy task for the leadership of the NLC to convince members to suspend the strike, as members demanded that the strike should not be called off until Loye was sacked by the state government.
It took the leaders over two hours before they were able to calm the workers who lamented that they were being neglected by a government led by a fellow comrade.
However, a communiqué signed by Comrade Ademoku (NLC), Comrade Charles Oronsaye (TUC) and Comrade Shaka Otoede (JNC), stated that Labour had decided to suspend the mass protest earlier scheduled to take off yesterday against the state government and Loye, following intervention of the Oba.
Ademokun disclosed, however, that the state government had agreed to revisit the 20 per cent balance of the consolidated salary structure for health workers in February, 2014 and most of their demands.
“In consideration of the above stated achievements and the intervention of our revered monarch, all Edo State workers currently on indefinite strike should return to work. Edo State Government should, as a matter of urgency, relieve Maj. Loye of his appointment as Permanent Secretary in Edo State because of his uncountable iniquities,” he said.