Crisis Looms in Ondo, as Union Leaders Set for Showdown with Akeredolu

By Temitope Adedeji, Akure

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, has been told by the leaders of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to desist from any action that could terminate the industrial harmony that exists between the Labour unions and the state government.

The warning came up on Thursday at an emergency meeting of the union leaders in Akure, the state capital, over the accumulated salary arrears owned the workers  despite the huge allocations accrued to the state so far and the IGR realised, that the state governor has no excuse whatsoever, in not paying salaries, arrears and deductions meant for the civil servants. It was also mentioned that, pensions have not been paid over the years, despite the huge allocations with 13% oil.

In a communique issued in Akure, which was made available to WESTERN POST immediately after the meeting, the union leaders unanimously agreed to embark on fight -to -finish battle with the government if by Monday, the scheduled meeting with the Governor ends in a deadlock.

The union leaders stated that, the 2016 November, December and January 2017 salaries have since not been paid with over four months outstanding salaries of Local Government staff of the state with pensions and gratuities.

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The union leaders are praying the Governor has a listening ears and yield to the workers request which otherwise may lead to total closure of economic activities in the state based on his response during the 2018 Workers Day” drama” where the Governor replied the workers that” he no go pay, if the workers no go gree,” the communique reads.

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