Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has begged workers in the state to call off their strike to allow room for dialogue.
Fayose said the salary for local government workers was ready for payment, while the available little resources were ready for sharing.
However, he said, this could not be done because civil servants who were on strike had critical roles to play in the disbursement of the funds, adding that nothing could be done until the workers resumed.
Fayose, who spoke on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, expressed sympathy with the striking workers and the inconveniences the current financial situation in the country was causing them.
He opined that the financial condition of the country might not get better soon.
While saying that the issue of irregular payment of workers was not limited to Ekiti, the governor urged the workers to note that the country was in a recession and that the state depends much on statutory allocations.
The governor said he had foreseen the current situation which made him to be transparent in the handling of finances of the state and had always put all the cards on the table for labour leaders and others to see.
“The state is paying about N1 billion monthly to service the bond and the commercial loans they took. If that did not happen, we would have had such money to add to our monthly allocations,” he said.