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Warning strike: Oyo workers report for work



As the two-day warning strike called by the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) begins, some workers under the employ of the Oyo State Government were seen reporting for duties on Tuesday.

The Nation observed that all the entrance gates leading to the Secretariat opened and workers were seen arriving the Secretariat as early as 6:30am

The state mass transit buses dedicated to convey workers were also seen arriving the Secretariat with the last getting in a few minutes to eight.

But the buses were not filled to capacity, an indication that some workers might have stayed back from work.

As of the time of this report, the Secretariat was looking scanty with only a few people arriving and going to their duty posts.

Some Ministries and Departments were yet to be open when The Nation went around around 8:15am.

It was however gathered that senior members of staff from Deputy Directors were expected to report for duties until otherwise directed, irrespective of the NLC orders.

It was observed the main entrance gate opened with residents and commuters going about their duties unhindered.

There were not unusual security personnel at the gate unlike in time pasts when strike were called.

Commercial drivers and motorcyclists were also seen going about their duties but with low turnout.



It was unsure if commercial banks will open for the day’¥ business.

When The Nation visited banks around the Secretariat-Awolowo Road, it was observed the banks may not be opened for business.

But at another first generation bank visited around by the Secretariat bridge, a security officer told The Nation that they are not sure of when they will open for business for the day.

The banks visited however assured that the alternative banking platforms including Automated Teller Machines (ATM) will be available for customers to transact business.

As at the time of this report, the number of workers arriving the Secretariat keep increasing with some workers saying they were at work to observe how the day pans out.

It remains unclear if situation will change as the day opens up.

The Nation reports that the NLC last week Friday announced that workers will go on a two-day warning strike, today and tomorrow (Wednesday).

Its President Joe Ajaero said the decision was taken at its NEC meeting with possibility of a “total shutdown” after 14 days.