The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State has said that it viewed Governor Ben Ayades order asking workers to go back to work and the NLC to suspend strike action as a big insolence to the people.
The State Secretary of the party, Mr. Anthony Edako who spoke with our reporter in a telephone conversation over the governor’s call for workers to suspend strike in the state said PDP was solidly behind the strike action.
It would be recalled that in the State Radio Station yesterday, the government called on permanent Secretaries, directors, workers, and political appointees to return back to work.
The statement added that a monitoring team was going around the state to ensure that workers were on their duty post.
PDP said that as a representative of the people and a platform in which people express their views, it considered the request as insolence to the people.
“This is a regime that has been in office for over six years and no one person has been paid his gratuity. These are senior citizens who have sacrificed 35 years of their most active part in the service of the State and at the end; the governor has the temerity to insolently request them to suspend the strike action”.
“They deserve to be paid and PDP as a party has the interest of the people at heart and is solidly behind the strike. The Governor is in a jamboree in France with 37 persons and claiming that he has no money to pay gratuity but freezing in Casino”
Civil Servants are dying in hunger, some in disease, and Ayade is in Paris destroying the Civil service so that he can have access to the State’s fund.
“In a civilized society, Ayade should be sent to jail. It is an error for granting Ayade immunity. It is criminal and he has broken the contract terms he had with his people without financial implementation”
Cross River has become a beggar State and has become a vicious circle in poverty, PDP had wished that if there was any way it could convince the regulatory authority INEC to put the election tomorrow because the one and half years in office left for Ayade is enough to cause more damage in the rascally regime.
“We are ready and set for the fight. We are on the ground. We appeal to our people to be firm and resolute for their redemption is at sight.”
Also, a former Commissioner of Lands and Housing in the State, Hon. Bassey Ekefre has said that it was unfortunate for the NLC in the State to embark on strike.
“The strike has been lingering for too long“. It was unfortunate that the strike was on when Ayade was abroad doing one thing or the other. The NLC has not been up and running for quite some time now. You hear of strike today and tomorrow it would be called off.
I think the Head of Service is in a better position to call for a round table discussion within the shortest possible time. It is not too good that Ayade has not been paying Pensioners. I don’t really know why the State government is not paying them. A number of people have complained.