By Francis Ogar, Calabar.
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade yesterday (Thursday) in Calabar ordered the striking workers in the state to resume work immediately or stand the risk of being sacked from job.
Ayade gave the order yesterday in a statement signed by the secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barr. Tina Bankor Agbor even that the strike enters the fifth day today Friday.
His words “government was disappointed over the strike which is unpatriotic, unnecessary and coming at a time the state was witnessing dwindling revenue from the Federal allocation and remained committed to the workers welfare”.
“For six years now, there had being no promotion in the civil service but Ayade has come and changed that status”.
“In a Memorandum of understanding between the government and the organized labour, on May 30th, 2017, it was agreed that, “the promotion of deserving civil/public servants shall resume forthwith and letters released while financial implications will be worked out by the Head of Service and Commissioner for Finance for implementation.”
Agbor regretted that even after the governor had given approval for the promotion of workers the organised labour still decided to call out workers on strike.
“Having shown such magnanimity and benevolence, it is expected that Labour should reciprocate the governor’s goodwill and ensure that workers put in their best and discharge their duties as expected of them.”
The statement added that Ayade has also given appointments to 31 permanent secretaries and also more promotion to directors and urged the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to reciprocate this good gesture by calling off the strike in the best interest of the State.
Comrade John Ushie, the State Chairman of NLC could not be reached for comment at the time of filling this report.