Governor Benedict Ayade’s special adviser on labor matters, Effiong Ita Umoh, has reacted angrily to the industrial action taken by the Nigerian Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress, in force today.
State civil servants launched a total industrial action and blocked all government offices in Calabar and other major cities following the directives of the Nigerian Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress.
Speaking on a private radio station, Sparkling FM, Umoh said that the NLC leadership had no right to block government offices and would be liable for any damage to government property as a result of its actions.
He said that government offices were not only occupied by union members, but political appointees and other officials should have the right to access their offices.
“While NLC / TUC have the right to strike as stipulated by labor laws, they do not, however, have the right to seal government offices where there are political appointees and other officials.
“What they have done is prohibit access to their work to non-union members. They will pay for the damages if something happens.
“They never gave us time to meet with them, even when they notified us late. They insisted on meeting with Governor Ayade in person to insist on their demands, even as the governor has appointed assistants in charge of all matters.
“We have met all your demands except tips. We don’t even owe salaries. We have implemented promotions .. ”, he stated.
Meanwhile, early this morning, the state Department of State Services (DSS) invited the NLC state chairman, Comrade Ben Ukpebi for questioning.
The NLC secretary general, Chief Ita Ayi, said that despite the arrest of its president, the strike must be sustained.
Governor Ayade, deputy of the FG snub team in Calabar