By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Concerned Trade Unions in Ekiti State , comprising Artisans and commercial drivers , yesterday held an anti-workers rally in Ado-Ekiti, describing the ongoing strike declared by labour unions to press home for the payment of outstanding benefits as politically motivated.
The protesters led by the Chairmen of Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, Com. Samuel Agbede and National Union of Road Transport Workers, Com Clement Adekola, paraded placards of various inscriptions, massed at the popular Fajuyi Park and marched to Ijigbo to shore up supports for Fayose’s government.
While speaking with newsmen, the RTEAN Chairman said the workers strike came at the wrong time, saying he expected the labour leaders to take a cue from Ondo , Oyo , Benue and Osun States, who are owing more than five months salaries without the workers going on strike.
He berated the labour unions for asking Fayose to spend the internally generated revenue to pay workers’ salary together with federal allocations, urging them to desist from arrogating the state to workers alone.
He, however, said the concerned unions will appeal to Fayose to use the allocations left over to pay whatever percentage it could offer to workers to alleviate their sufferings.
Similarly, his counterpart in NURTW added that they shouldn’t expect Fayose to go and borrow money to pay salaries or in the alternative stop all the ongoing projects, clarifying that “Ekiti state belongs to both public and private sectors. So, they shouldn’t see Ekiti as belonging to them alone.
However, the TUC Chairman, Com. Odunayo Adesoye, appealed to the drivers to stop displaying illiteracy or allow themselves to be used as thugs.