Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Saturday, December 21, 2019 that his government was on the same page with civil servants on the new N30,000 minimum wage for workers.
The Governor, who noted that his administration had only on Friday, December 20, 2019, set up a Committee to oversee the negotiation and implementation of the new minimum wage, stated that civil servants and the State Government were going to be reasonable on the all-important matter.
According to a release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde made the disclosure during the quarterly live interview programme, “Chat with GSM” at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS); adding that the reason his administration has been able to pay workers salaries, pensions and gratuities as and when due, as well as record some other key deliverables across the four key pillars of his administration was due to the prudent management of resources and the personal sacrifices of all political office holders in the State.
The statement added that the Governor alerted the people to a number of noticeable achievements and deliverables recorded by his administration within the last 200 days, just as he informed that his administration was able to deliver so far due to prudent management of resources.
He added that he and members of his administration have been making sacrifices, noting that, service to the people has been of uppermost concern.
Governor Makinde stated that his government has never kept the organized Labour in the State and all stakeholders in dark over the resources accruing to the State.
He added that though the State was already aware of the cost implication of the new minimum wage, the Government and the civil servants would be reasonable because they were heading in the same direction of delivering good governance and development to State.
He said further: “On the minimum wage issue, yesterday [Friday], we set up the committee that will engage with the Nigeria Labour Congress. The truth is, if we don’t deceive ourselves, everyone will be reasonable. NLC too knows that we are open with the amount of money we are getting as federal allocation. That is why we are in harmony. I have told them that we are going to get the matter resolved and they keyed into that because of the sincerity of purpose and transparency they have found in this Government. In fact, we know the cost-implication of the new minimum wage and the formula the Federal Government brought out on it. If we adopt it without negotiating, we know the amount that will still be needed to meet up. And we also put it on the table to them to analyze if Oyo State really can meet up with the amount that will be needed aside undertaking some other development projects in the State.”
“One thing I can promise the people is, this is a new Government, a new dawn and there is a new thinking between Government and all other stakeholders, because we are all pulling in one single direction, which is delivering good governance and development agenda.”
#Edited by Atinuke Bayo-Ige.