Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared the readiness of his administration to continue to place workers’ welfare on the first line charge.
Governor Makinde, who spoke a few hours after the Government and organized Labour reached an agreement on the ₦30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustment for workers in the State, said that every worker deserves his wages.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Governor noted that his administration would continue to look at ways of improving the quality of life of workers in the State.
Governor Makinde expressed delight that the negotiating team was able to arrive at conclusions with the Workers in an atmosphere devoid of rancour; adding that his administration would not take the issue of minimum wage in isolation, as the Government would take a holistic view towards ensuring better life for all.
Speaking on why he has been able to earn the trust of organized Labour, the Governor noted that he had always felt empathy towards the Workers because his mother used to be one of them.
He said: “My mother also used to be one of them. She is 80 now and going to 81. She worked at the Secretariat. I hawked bread to assist the family. So, I can feel what some of them are going through. Even, the Holy Book records it that workers deserve their wages and we have not done anything outside of that. We will ensure that they remain the first line charge before we do anything. For me, when the tide is up, all the bolts will rise.”