Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

Ogun State Council of Obas yesterday faulted the proposed strike by the state civil servants as lacking the support and blessings of Royal Fathers and good people of Ogun State.

This is coming as Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun vowed not to allow the workers to make the state ungovernable for him.

The Council of Obas also lampooned the labour leaders for allegedly disrespecting the traditional rulers and walked out on them during an attempt to broker peace between them and the government.

The three paramount rulers in the state; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; Awujale of Ijebuland, Dr Sikiru Adetona and the Chairman of the Council, Olu and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, who were at a press conference yesterday, condemned the strike action.

Reading a prepared press statement, the Chairman of the Council said the labour leaders were invited for brainstorming but came behind schedule and also walked out on the traditional rulers.

In his earlier speech, Awujale told the workers that Amosun deserve their support and cooperation instead of calling out the workers on strike action adding that the state is better than other states.

The Monarch alleged that there were indications that the workers were being sponsored by some politicians outside the state adding that the Obas wouldn’t fold their arms and allow the state to be plunged into crises.

Alake in his own submission explained that the government of Ogun State must have worked very hard not to owe any salary adding that the workers should exercise patience with the governor on the deductions and not be carried away by politics.

Oba Olugbenle also described a recent action of members of Nigerian Union of Teachers where politicians were awarded during their anniversary as uncalled for, unethical and condemnable.

Earlier, Governor Amosun has also vowed not to allow the workers hold the state to ransom by not showing understanding on the state of the nation.

The governor, who apparently inferred politicisation of the civil service in the state, said any worker interested in politics should resign and print posters for political offices.

He said, “It is also important to note that no group or individual can be more important than the State that binds all of us together. Let me on my honour reaffirm our determination not to allow any group or individuals to hold the State to ransom for selfish, parochial and ulterior motives.

“The era of playing politics under the guise of labour movement and agitation for improved welfare and condition of service is over and gone for good in Ogun State. People that are interested in politics should have the courage and honour to resign and join the politicians.

“This is in no way trying to abridge the right of our people to agitate for better or improved condition of living, but in doing so, we should allow reason, consideration for other stakeholders and general interest of the State to prevail. This is the only way to ensure the continued development of our dear State.”


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