“I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with you. I shared your pains, but it was rather unfortunate that a man can’t give what he doesn’t have,” says Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti.
In line with his penchant for being a dramatic rabble rouser, Fayose has embarked on an indefinite strike following the refusal of workers in his state to call off their 12-day strike.
During a televised broadcast in Ado Ekiti, the Governor said his strike action was in solidarity with striking state workers.
Workers in the state embarked on the strike action following the nonpayment of five months salary.
“I have told you the true position of the finances of the state, of which you had played critical roles in allocation of federal allocations to relevant sectors which shows how well I had carried you along since the dwindling revenue to the state commenced.”
“During my first term, I mean, 2003 to 2006, I used to pay salary of workers by 21st of every month. But the present situation is very unfortunate and we have to learn how to live with it until the country wriggle out of it and things will change for better.”
“I want to say that I will be expecting you back to your offices when you are ready to return to work. I shall be expecting you, because presently I am handicapped and there is nothing I can do.”
“But before then, I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with your cause. But I appeal that you put the interest of the state above everything , because the present position affects everybody.”
The Governor failed to state if he would be receiving his allowances and other perks of being a governor while on his indefinite strike.