In a broadcast to the people of the state on Thursday, Fayose said: “I don’t have powers to go on strike, we shall be waiting till when they come back. But they must realise that strike is not the best option.”
The governor confessed that e he had no immediate solution to the demands of striking workers, adding that he cannot sell himself or his family to raise funds for the workers.
He wanted the workers to understand that strike is not an option and that the monthly wage bill was over N2bn but the state received as low as N751m in April.
“Right now, I’m helpless. It is difficult to sell myself, my family or my property. I can only depend on what I get from Abuja. I want workers to understand that it is my priority to make them comfortable.
“Even before going on their strike, I got to know that many of them no longer come to office while many others were coming late to office. Why I refused to come hard on those involved was that I had no moral justification to do so since I knew we were owing them.
“Even in Government House, we don’t have money to power generators with diesel, whereas, I cannot sell myself or members of my family to raise funds, things are that difficult,” Fayose said.
Reacting to the governor’s broadcast, the NLC Chairman in the state, Raymond Adesanmi, said that there was no going back on the strike, saying: “we are not saying the government should pay all the money at once. What we are asking for is a commitment. There should be a structured plan of how to settle all the arrears. When government is ready to dialogue, we will be waiting.”
The organized labour in Ekiti on Thursday began an indefinite strike to press home the demand for the outstanding five months salaries of workers. [myad]