Workers in Osun state have urged the Governor Gboyega Oyetola led administration to implement the minimum wage in order to further stimulate the economy of the state.
The state chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, Comrade Babatunde Adekomi and Comrade Adekola Adebowake respectively disclosed this on Wednesday during the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration in Osogbo.
Adebowale urged the governor to implement the new minimum wage, noting that it would boost the purchasing power of workers in the state.
“We have no doubt whatsoever that as soon as payment is effected, the economy will be further stimulated, while the morale of workers will equally be energized towards higher productivity.”
Adebowale also appreciated the governor for stopping the vehicle refurbished and housing loan, saying it has really help workers in this hard times.
On his part, the NLC chairman, Babatunde Adekomi urged the state government to commence negotiations with the leadership of the state labour in earnest to fashion modalities of paying the new minimum wage.
While commending the governor for having listening ear, he urged him to look into the issues affecting workers and pensioners with the required attention in order to put smiles on the faces of workers and restore dying souls.
He urged the governor to look into the arrears of salary and pensions, gratuities, contributory pension scheme, monetising the last promotion exercise among others.
The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola while addressing workers said the day is set aside for workers to review, reflect and project into the future in order to deliver credible services.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi stressed that since the creation of the state in 1991, workers have proved themselves as a formidable and competitive entity which has promoted the state as a force to reckon with.
While emphasising the the parlours economic climate, Oyetola lauded workers for their demonstration of understanding, maturity and commitment.
Oyetola who noted that his administration is workers-oriented said he has deliberately enforced a policy of equitable distribution of resources and services to achieve sustainable and competitive development.
“As an administration, we are creatively and strategically working on diversifying our economy by joining forces with development partners to boost agriculture, mining and other sectors.
” We are engaging in all these initiatives to deliver the good life to our workers and the people. By the time all these interventions are completed, the state would have moved away from dependence on Federation Account allocation to a self-sufficient entity envisaged by our founding fathers.”
While appreciating the workers’ union across the state, he urged workers to approach their jobs with renewed vigour and commitment and embrace the government agenda for development.
The Governor also restated his administration’s commitment to provide quality education for young one, sustaining the free feeding programme and also rehabilitate building and provide equipment for schools across the state.
He urged the people to continue to provide a peaceful environment, cooperation and support in the journey ahead.
He assured workers of his administration’s resolve to improved welfare from time to time.
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