Lateness: Organized Labour Begs Fayose To Pardon Ekiti Workers

Photo: Lere Layinka (The Nation)
Photo: Lere Layinka (The Nation)
Organised labour in Ekiti State has pleaded with Governor Ayodele Fayose to pardon the 31 workers caught for coming late to work on Monday.
In an unscheduled visit to the state secretariat yesterday, Governor Fayose stopped 31 civil servants from gaining access to their offices for resuming work late. He also directed the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, to sanction the workers in line with the extant rules of service.
In its plea to Mr. Fayose on Tuesday, the unions condemned the persistent lateness of some civil servants to work, saying it was an affront to the image of the service and the good gesture of the government towards building a virile civil service.
They, however, pleaded with him to temper justice with mercy, vowing to ensure that all civil servants in the state wake up to their responsibilities with a view to justifying their salaries and allowances.
They stated this in a press statement issued in Ado Ekiti and signed by the Joint Negotiating Council’s Secretary, Oladele Blessing; the Nigeria Labour Congress’ Secretary, Olayemi Patrick and the Trade Union Congress’ Secretary, Joseph Adebayo.
The statement said, “This is more so against the backdrops of admonitions via official correspondences and interactions of the need for workers‎ to be alive to their responsibilities in delivering efficient services to the public.
“We commend our amiable Governor for keeping faith with his promises to‎ pay workers salaries as at when due in spite of the meager resources available to the state.
“However, we hereby plead with Mr. Governor to please pardon the affected workers as last warning to the public service.
“We promise to ensure adequate observance of our service rules with a view to justifying payment of our salaries and allowances”.