The nationwide strike embarked upon by workers across the country as directed by the Organized Labour over failure of the federal government to negotiate and implement a new national minimum wage for workers witnessed full compliance in Ondo State.
During the monitoring of the industrial action in Akure, the Ondo State capital by DAILY POST, government offices, banks, public schools, hospitals and government’s owned media organizations in the state were shut down today.
Within the Alabgaka business district of the state capital, banks closed for business but ATMs were working.
Some of the customers, who had come to deposit funds expressed their frustrations as they were turned back at the gates stating that they were not aware that financial institutions would comply with the directive.
Also, gates of the State High Court, National Industrial Court, Appeal Court and Federal High Court and Magistrate Court located at Oke-Eda, Alagbaka and Igbatoro road in Akure were under lock and key.
The Ondo State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Soladoye Ekundayo, Comrade Tayo Ogunleye of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, represented by the state Secretary, Alhaji Adewale Sanusi and the Chairman of the Joint negotiating Council, JNC, Comrade Abel Oloniyo led other labour leaders to move round public offices to enforce the strike in the state.
In an interview with newsmen, Ekundayo commended workers in the state for complying with the directive on the strike, noting that public institutions/offices would remain closed until government yield to the demands of the workforce.
Ogunleye disclosed that leadership of all labour unions in Ondo state should ensure all workers stay away from their duty posts until further notice.
However, the labour leaders forcefully moved out some workers who were working at state owned Orange FM on Irese road, Akure and Comprehensive Health Centre, Arakale, Akure.
The full compliance was also adhered to in Ondo, Ikare, Owo among other towns in the state.