Traditional rulers in Ondo State, on Sunday, appealed to the workers’ union in the state to suspend their two weeks strike embarked upon by the workers over the non payment of their six months’ salary.
The monarchs, who made this call at the end of their monthly meeting held at the palace of Oloba of Oba Ile, in Akure North Local Government, called on the state government to resume negotiation with the striking workers in the interest of development and the people of the state.
The traditional rulers, under the auspices of 130 Crown Club, noted the economic hardship in the country and urged the state government to dialogue with the leadership of the workers union in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, the Oniyere of Iyere in Owo Local Government, Oba Omotunde Alaba, expressed displeasure over the protracted strike action over the unpaid wages for civil servants.
The monarch said “on behalf of the 130 Crown Club of Ondo State, as partner in governance, we want to use our monthly meeting at Oba-Ile North Local Government to appeal to NLC and TUC to please manage the situation for now and return back to work.
“The hardship is becoming too much for the citizens of Ondo State and for the economic development of the state. They should dialogue more with the state government and please go back to work
“We pray that the good time would come again and the people would enjoy the government.”
The monarchs also asked the government to eradicate Grade D for all traditional seats in the state and also called on the government to alleviate their suffering by paying their entitlements and upgrading them to the desired status befitting their position in the society.
His words “we are being shortchanged. We need our entitlements. We want the eradication of Grade D status in the obaship rank in the state. It is only in Ondo State that we have grade D. Other states in the country now have Grade A to C.”