As the industrial action embarked upon by civil servants in Ogun State enters its second week, the governorship candidate of Unity Party of Nigeria in the last election, Prince Rotimi Paseda has condemned the state government for being insensitive.
The politician, in a press release personally signed, said the strike is a manifestation of insincerity of government and nonchalant attitude towards workers’ welfare in the state.
Paseda accused Amosun of spending so much on needless flyovers and bridges while placing less premium on human development.
He also chided the Secretary to the state Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa for calling the strike unpopular and self-serving.
The business man who opined that the government had spent so much on the just concluded Ogun @ 40 celebration was toying with the future of the young ones in the state.
The statement read in part, “I cannot, but join the teeming workers of Ogun State on the ongoing industrial strike action to press home their charges on the ‘illegal’ deductions and non payment of arrears.
“This singular act is a manifestation that the government of the day is insincere and nonchalant to the interest of civil servants in the state who contributed to the generality of the Internal Generated Revenue.
“One begins to wonder why too much priority is put on needless flyovers and bridges, while people’s welfare is being jeopardized.
“Ogun State government insensitivity towards the plight of workers is a further testimony that the government does not place much premium on developing its people, which is so important to it’s economy development.
“It is particularly shocking that OGUN state government has carried on as if everything is normal, without bothering about the fate of the students, medical workers, lawyers who have been marooned at home since the strike started.”
The UPN Chief however advised the government to immediately redirect funds to paying the workers regularly.
“A good starting point is to immediately redirect funds to paying workers regularly and timely as one of many lasting resolution to bringing sucur to our people.
“While sharing in the pains and suffering of the people of Ogun state and the civil servants, I want to assure the good people of the state that I can not imagine inflicting such discomfort on my people.”