Can a state governor go on strike apart from the annual leave he is entitled to? Is it constitutional for a state chief executive to embark on an industrial action? This is the drama unfolding in Ekiti State where Governor Ayo Fayose has told the people of the state that he is now on an “indefinite strike” in solidarity with civil servants who have been on strike for almost two weeks to protest the non-payment of their five months salaries.
Government business and academic activities in public schools have been paralysed since May 24 when the labour unions in the state declared an indefinite strike action over the arrears of salaries owed them.
Fayose in a broadcast monitored on the state television by our correspondent yesterday said his own industrial action was to show that he shared the pains and frustrations of the workers in agitating for their pay.