As the industrial action embarked upon by the civil servants in Ondo State continues, the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has called on the workers to show understanding with his administration, saying he was ready to dialogue with them in order to end the strike.
The workers commenced the strike two weeks ago following the inability of the state government to pay their five months salaries.
The governor, who addressed all the state workers from Grade-level 1 to 17 at the International Event Centre, Akure, the state capital on Tuesday, expressed his displeasure over the strike action, noting that the industrial dispute had made the state lose millions of naira which would have been generated through the Internally Generated Revenue.
Presenting options to the workers, the state governor explained that the state had N3.4billion naira in its coffer currently, out of which 2.7 billion could be used to pay one month salary to local governments workers and primary school teachers while the remaining N700million was capable of paying the health workers in the state for one month.
He said if the workers could call off the strike and come to the negotiating table with him, the matter would be resolved, stressing that the government had been spending all the monthly allocations on workers salaries and borrowing to carry out capital projects in the last one year.
He said, “ We have lost over 40 percent of our monthly IGR to the strike, I feel the pain, our hospitals are shut and many accident victims would have died as a result of this strike. “
“ I want you to bear with me at this period, I can never take your welfare for granted, we are ready to have creative dialogue with you. I appeal to you to go back to work and let us have creative dialogue. “
While emphasizing the restructuring of the country, Mimiko said many states might not get out of the problem if nothing was done to the monthly allocation from the Federal Government .
However, in spite of the pleading of the governor, the organised labour in the state insisted that the strike should continue .
Addressing journalists immediately after the governor’s meeting, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Mrs. Bosede Daramola said the strike would not be suspended because the governor was unable to offer payment of any salary when he met with the labour on Tuesday.

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