Subsidy: Makinde moves to review minimum wage for Oyo workers - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, June 5, 2023

Subsidy: Makinde moves to review minimum wage for Oyo workers

Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has shown commitment to review salaries of civil servants in the state as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the oil subsidy removal by the Federal Government.

The development came, barely 48 hours to the commencement of the proposed  nationwide strike by labor unions across the country.

Consequently, the governor has set up a committee comprising both representatives of the labor unions and the state government. 

They include, the Head of Service, HoS, Permanent Secretary, Service Matters; Permanent Secretary, Establishment; Director Service Matters, Director, Establishment; Accountant General of the state, and Permanent Secretary, Finance. 

On the side of the organised labor are, the  Nigeria Labor Congress NLC, Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Nigeria Union of Pensioners NUP, Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU and  Joint Negotiating Council, JNC  and the Chairman, Association of Senior Staff.

The governor, while meeting with leadership of the unions in the state gave the  Committee eight weeks to come up with a workable minimum wage.

Makinde said: "For this administration, with all sincererity, we think it's time to engage and ensure that we are proactive irrespective of what is happening or coming at the national level, we already prepared for it here and we can run our on programme." 

"If you all remembered I said there is nothing stopping Oyo state from paying more than the national minimum wage if we had the resources,if we can expand our economy to that extent and I still believe we can do it."

"We can pay in Oyo State beyond the national minimum wage and we have the to expand our economy and ensure that the relationship between the leadership of the labor unions and government remain cordial and we focus on the single objective, how to make life better for the people of Oyo State."

Governor Makinde who maintained that that there was no trust deficit between the government and labour in the state, said his administration is poised  to increase the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, to give the state leverage to do better in terms of meeting the needs of the people. 

Earlier, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state, Mr Kayode Martins, who led the organised labour, said the review of the new wage is long overdue, lamenting the hardship being experienced by Nigeria workers since fuel subsidy was halted in the last one week.

Martins, however, appealed to the Federal Governmet to thread with caution in handling the issue of fuel subsidy removal.

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