Activities have again picked up in the eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State shut for three months, following the suspension of the strike embarked on by the state chapters of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the Medical and Health Workers’ Union, MHWUN.
During the strike, the councils under lock and key were almost taken over by weeds, but NDV observed that the situation was different last week, as the councils were opened for business and brimming with activities. The overgrown weeds had been mowed with commercial activities around the councils booming. Also workers of the councils were sighted at their duty posts going about their normal business.
They were happy to be back at work and commended the steadfastness of the leadership of their unions and the state government in resolving the logjam. Workers commend state govt Comrade Akpos Ekiegha, state NULGE President and James Adama, chairman MHWUN, said the decision to suspend the sit-at-home action was taken after reviewing the efforts of the state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.) and the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Mrs. Agatha Goma, in facilitating regular payments of salaries and some of the workers arrears during the strike.
Specifically, the unions thanked Governor Seriake Dickson for personally intervening to resolve the plight of primary school teachers by approving monthly funding of their salary deficits. “This will obviously bring about a sigh of relief to the eight councils and ultimately guarantee regular payments of salaries not only for the council staff but also primary school teachers to restore industrial peace,” the unions said.