Ebonyi State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi has called on the striking State Chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), to suspend the action in the interest of the state.
According to Nwebonyi, the workers should rather explore other ways of resolving the issue, than continuing with the industrial action.
Speaking in a statement which he signed and made available to newsmen, in Abakaliki the Ebonyi state capital, Nwebonyi
described the industrial action as unfortunate and ill-timed in view of the health challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nwebonyi noted that given that the State is still battling with the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, “reason demands that one should look at what is expedient at the very moment the agitation is being made.
The release read in detail:
“There is nothing wrong with agitation if it is within the confines of the law, but reason demands that one should look at what is expedient at the very moment the agitation is being made.
“We are in a situation where the economy of the state is dwindling. Our schools are closed, and whooping sums of money are being spent by the government to contain the spread of the menacing virus. The budget has been revised and reviewed downwards to reflect the realities on ground. Isolation and quarantine centres were established by the state government, and various forms of palliatives and welfare packages were made available to the public to cushion the effects of the global scourge.
“Yet, the state governor kept faith and made sure, in spite of all odds, that every worker is paid as at when due. That is commendable. I make bold to state that in the area of workers’ welfare and prompt payment of salaries, no one does it better than Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi.
“One thing is clear, if the strike is allowed to subsist and the government stays aloof, it is obvious that the striking workers will bear the greater brunt of it. It is the height of insensitivity for the leadership of the association to undertake such approach at this material point in time.
“Mine is appeal to the striking workers to suspend the action for the interest of the state. There are other ways to resolve the issue. They should consider their decision and understand what the implications can be.”