Governor Ayodele Fayose has been officially named a Comrade by workers under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and Trade Union Congress(TUC).
VON gathered that he was conferred with the title on Monday, May 1, during a programme organised in celebration of the 2017 Workers’ Day.
The event took place inside the main bowl of Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.
According to Lere Olayinka, the governor’s aide, he was decorated with a muffler with the inscription ‘Comrade Ayodele Fayose’ by Ekiti State NLC Chairman, Prince Ade Adesanmi and the Ekiti State TUC Chairman, Comrade Odunayo Adesoye.
The anchor of the programme said Fayose was honoured for his outstanding leadership qualities, especially for the way he handled the herdsmen menace.
He said: “Unionism is not all about salary payment, we would have conferred this title on you since last year but for the unfortunate demise of 7 of our colleagues. Your stance on the nefarious activities of herdsmen remains a template across Nigeria. That is leadership.
“Promotion of over 15,000 workers that you approved in one fell swoop has been on the table for more than 3 years before you took over. Security crack teams set up by your administration has in no small measure reduced criminality in the state.
“These steps are commendable. Your effort at empowering Ekiti women we must also commend, these amongst other rare feats attained during your tenure are the reasons for conferring on you the title Comrade Governor.”
Fayose was dressed in a shirt and white short with a red fez cap.
The Nation reports that there was a drama at the celebration when workers demanded payment of their salaries.
As the governor was rounding off his address, the workers shouted “salary! salary!! salary!!!” Some of them shouted: “Osoko, we are hungry.”
Responding to them, he said: “I can only pay your salaries when I get cash backing from Abuja. At times, we get cash backing three weeks after we held FAAC meetings.”
The state workers are owed six months arrears while local government employees have not been paid for seven months.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has bestowed Governor Fayose with the title ofhonorary governor of Biafra Republic.