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In Ekiti Fayose joins workers on indefinite strike, says he's handicapped

Fayose, who said he is handicapped, explained that he decided join the indefinite strike to express his concern.

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After failed efforts to make labour unions call off their ongoing strike over unpaid salaries, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has joined the industrial action in solidarity.

Fayose, who said he is handicapped, explained that he decided join the indefinite strike to express his concern.

He said he has opened up to labour leaders on the financial situation of the state, admitting that the situation might remain the same until the country finds a solution to the economic crisis due to the sharp decline in the price of oil.

“I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with them. I share your pains, but it is rather unfortunate that a man can’t give what he doesn’t have,” he said in a broadcast.

“Presently, I am handicapped and there is nothing I can do. I appeal that you put the interest of the state above everything, because the present position affects everybody.

“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 wriggles 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,” Fayose said.

READ: Health workers withdraw from NLC strike

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) embarked on the indefinite strike since Thursday, May 26, over non-payment of workers' five months salaries.

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