Ex-Perm Sec appeals to labour on impending strike


An appeal has gone to the Organised Labour not to embark on the planned nationwide strike scheduled to commence on November 6.

A retired Permanent Secretary in the Kwara State civil service, Elder Ayobola Samuel made the appeal in Ilorin, the state capital while answering questions on a Radio Kwara personality interview programme, “Playing Host”.

Elder Samuel said going on strike would not solve the problems of the Nigerian worker but rather aggravate it as the various tiers of government would not pay the minimum wage thereby resulting into retrenchment, which will not be in the general interest of workers.

He recalled that most states were yet to implement the N18,000 minimum wage earlier agreed upon not to mention the proposed N30,000 the labour is now agitating for.

Elder Samuel, who is the Asiwaju of Koro kingdom in Ekiti Local Government and the immediate past district governor, Lions Clubs International therefore called for more dialogue between the government and the organised labour.

He called on the Federal Government to abide and stick strictly by the provisions of the Nigerian constitution as it has to do with the responsibilities of the three tiers of government stressing that the FG has no business in the establishment of secondary schools or going into agriculture.

He charged state governments to improve on their revenue generation drive and ensure that drugs and health personnel are made available to hospitals while the roads are made motorable at all times.

Speaking on the present day civil service, the retired permanent secretary frowned at the rate of decay in the system in terms of productivity and discipline regretting that the values of the civil service has dropped drastically and needed to be looked into.

Elder Samuel disclosed that his greatest moment in the state civil service was when he was appointed as permanent secretary in 2007, thereby appealing to workers still in service to shun wasteful spending.

Elder Samuel who was the immediate past focal person, FG’s intervention programme in the state, described the programme as highly beneficial adding that there are plans to open a micro finance bank.


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