Ekiti workers slam Labour leaders over plans to honour Fayose with an award

An interest group in Ekiti State workforce, the Enlightened Workers

Forum (EWF) has criticized labour leaders over an alleged plan to

honour Governor Ayo Fayose with “the Comrade Governor Award” at the

May Day celebration on Monday.

The group berated the leaders of the state councils of the Nigeria

Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiating

Council (JNC) and other unions planning the award accusing them of

insensitivity to the plight of workers.

In a statement on Sunday signed by its Coordinator, Mike Bamidele, the

EWF contended that Fayose does not deserve the award labour leaders

are planning to confer on him because workers and pensioners are

suffering under his administration.

The workers claimed that the deal for the award was sealed at a

‘secret’ meeting the representatives of unions allegedly held with the

governor where it was agreed that N10 million would be committed into

the project.

The statement read in part: “By the way, why thois award and why the

Labour? Is it to appreciate him (Fayose) for punishing us unduly?

Right now, the workers are being owed six months arrears of salary,

local government workers eight months and pensioners seven months.

“Are we to thank him for making us celebrate the last Xmas without

salary for the first time in the history of the state or for the Xmas

bonus of only five per cent of basic while his predecessor paid 30 per

cent of same?

“Though we had listened to the governor’s cooked up stories on how his

predecessor threw the state into imaginary debt but in the real sense

of it, Ekiti had no excuse at all to owe salary if the man in charge

had been honest and if the “cash and carry’ Labour had been alive to

its responsibility.”

The state NLC Chairman Ade Adesanmi described the EWF as a “faceless

group” that should not be dignified with any answer challenging

members of the group to come into the open and cooperate with labour

leaders to make lif better for workers.

He explained that “Comrade Governor” to be given to Fayose “is not an

award but a decoration” to appreciate what he has done for workers.

Adesanmi added: “It is not an award but a decoration that we supposed

to have done last year but we suspended it when Ekiti lost six doctors

in an auto accident in April last year.

“I want to say that this group of people cannot be hiding under a name

and be spreading falsehood; we don’t know them, we don’t know their

office and we don’t know their phone number.

“If they are really concerned about workers’ welfare, let us know them

so that we can work together but it is not good for them to be hiding

somewhere and be throwing stones. If there are things they feel we are

not doing right let them come into the open and tell us.”

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