By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Workers in Oyo state on Friday embarked on indefinite strike to protest unpaid salaries, arrears as directed by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday.
New Nigerian investigations revealed that civil servants across the state complied fully with the NLC directive as the state Government secretariat was deserted by the civil servants.
When our Correspondent visited the state Secretariat at Agodi, most of the offices in the Ministries located within the Secretariat were put under lock and key with the workers mostly junior officers staying away from duty.
Sources at the Oyo state Government secretariat told the New Nigerian that some of the workers that earlier reported for duty suddenly deserted their offices on getting wind of the strike.
It was learnt that as early as 7.30am, officials of the Oyo state NLC were sighted at the entrances of the state Government secretariat, Parastatals to monitor the strike.
For example, at the entrance to Lekan Salami stadium, two officials of the Oyo state NLC were sighted monitoring the effectiveness of the strike as the gates to the stadium were firmly locked.
As a result of the strike, activities were completely paralysed at the Oyo state Government secretariat as well as some Parastatals in the state.
The situation was also similar as public schools across the state both primary and secondary schools were shut down in compliance with the.strike ordered by the NLC.
New Nigerian recalled that NLC in a memo released late Thursday to all its
members and its affiliate unions mandating them to commence strikes with immediate effect
In the memo signed by the state Secretary of the NLC,Comrade Mohamed Ibrahim, the union declared that the strike would be in force until further notice.
In three-paragraph statement titled “commencement of indefinite strike”, Oyo NLC stated “it is highly unfortunate that the state government has decided to write us without finding concrete solutions to the deteriorating plight of workers of Oyo state.”
“Consequently, in line with the notice earlier served on the government, all workers should embark on an indefinite strike from midnight of Thursday, 23 May 2019 .The strike will remain in force until further directives are conveyed,” .