Resign Now or Pay Oyo Workers Within 5 Days, TUC Tells Ajimobi

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Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

Exactly one week after the workers in the employ of Oyo state government resumed work after seven weeks’ strike their leadership called to press home their demand for the payment of arrears of salaries, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday issued a five-day ultimatum to Governor Abiola Ajimobi to offset the arrears or resign as the state helmsman.

The threat by the TUC to close down Agodi government secretariat by next Monday should the governor fail to meet their demand also coincided with the shutting down of the activities at the University of Ibadan by angry workers over shortfalls in the allocation being received by the university from the Federal Government since December 2015 which has adversely affected their salaries.

The TUC, in a statement made available to journalists and signed by its Chairman, Comrade Emelieze Andrew and PRO Comrade Ilesanmi Lawrence, said: “That an extra 5 days ultimatum be given to the state government to pay all outstanding arrears with interest.”

The union, while urging the people of the state to prepare for mass action to occupy the state secretariat next Monday should the government refuse to meet their demands, declared that the governor should resign if he cannot pay workers salaries.

“The governor should resign if he cannot pay workers salaries. The people should start preparing for a mass action to occupy the state secretariat on Monday 8th August 2016 should the government refuse to meet our demands.”

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