The Bayelsa State Governor, Sen. Douye Diri has pleaded with the leadership of the Higher Institution Joint Action Committee (HIJAC) to halt its proposed street protest slated for tomorrow, 30th March, 2022. The Governor through his deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, begged the unionists who have planned to embark on a protest over non implementation of the new minimum wage among other demands.
In a statement issued yesterday, by the deputy Governor's media aide, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor commended the leadership and members of the Union for their patience and understanding so far.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo apologized for the seeming delay on the part of the state government Special Committee on Higher Institutions in turning in its report to enable government take appropriate steps in addressing the issues holistically.
He pointed out that although the action of HIJAC may be justified, embarking on a street protest at this time to press home their demands would be counter-productive, as government is doing everything possible to tackle their demands.
While assuring the Union of the state government’s preparedness to fully engage the HIJAC in the next couple of days to resolve the issues in the best interest of the state, Senator Ewhrudjakpo said government was not unmindful of the sacrifices they had made.
HIJAC has been on strike since December, 2021 over Government's failure to meet their demands.