The strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress to protest the fuel price hike is taking its toll on the city of Akure, the Ondo State capital, as heaps of refuse are mounting everywhere, defacing the lanes and streets.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Thursday that road cleaners and truck operators who should remove the trash had not reported to work since the strike commenced on Wednesday.
The popular Arakale Road which has three entry points into the Oja Oba (the market), was the worst hit, with filth in heaps at the different points of the market.
The refuse covered some parts of the road creating a traffic bottleneck.
Along the Oyemekun road, debris from commercial activities were all littering the roadsides, as shop owners awaited environmental officials to pick them up.
Residents are also threatened by filth as their compounds are overflowing with refuse due for removal by the sanitation trucks.
An official of the Ministry of Environment which supervises the agencies in charge of refuse disposal, said the cleaners did not come to work because of the strike.
“We are on strike and no one is coming to work or clean anything because of the strike,” the official who would not want to be named said.
Meanwhile, the men of the Ondo State Police Command were on Thursday having a heavy task clearing the roads of barricades, mounted by officials of the NLC and NURTW.
The unions had continued their enforcement drive, impounding taxis and barring drivers from doing business.
Besides large stones, they also used tires to lock the Oba Adesida, oyemekun and the NEPA roundabout to prevent to vehicular movements.
But the police intervened and dismantled all the roadblocks to free traffic.
The chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the NLC had vowed to continue the strike action until the federal government revert the fuel price to its former price of N86.