OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT ASKS STRIKING CIVIL SERVANTS TO RETURN TO WORK.

Ogun state government has asked the striking civil servants to return to work. Secretary to the state government, barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, in a statement said the indefinite strike which began on Monday was ill advised and illegal, adding that those behind it are a small and unpopular group of civil servants. The state government said what it expects from workers on its payroll is understanding, considering its prompt payment of salaries, and not an industrial action. For instance, the state government said it received only #1.2 billion for the month of January from the federation account and #1.7 billion by the local governments, while the monthly salary bill of the state government and local governments was #9 billion. The salary bill of the primary school teachers alone, according to the state government was about #2 billion. The state government said faced with such financial situation, it could not devote all the funds at its disposal to paying civil servants who are less than 50,000. Adeoluwa said the stoppage of workers who are not willing to join the strike from their duty posts by the union officials, was uncalled for, especially when the state government was already engaging the unions in discussions on the issue. The workers embarked on the strike to protest the delay in remitting their pension and corporative contributions, as well as the gratuities of retired civil servants.

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