… approves new minimum wage, lifts ban on promotions, conversions, annual salary increment
…says govt remains resolute about workers’ general well-being
The implementation of welfare packages will commence in November 1st, 2020.
This was even as the Governor reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to workers-oriented policies and general well-being.
The Governor who recalled the pocket of socio-economic challenges inherited by his administration, said “despite these stifling challenges, we remained resolute to fulfil our promises to workers as a welfare-oriented government”.
Oyetola stated further that the Administration has been working assiduously to take the State out of economic woods and set it on the lane of economic transformation, growth, development and prosperity.
To meet up with the numerous demands of the workers in the face of economic challenges, Oyetola said his Administration had earlier set up the Government/Labour Committee to work out the modalities for resolving all workers’ welfare-related issues, including the minimum wage.
He said, “You will all recall that, despite the raging economic challenges when we came into office in 2018, we resolved as an Administration to give the welfare of our workers the deserved attention.
“As you all know, we came into office in the heat of strident economic challenges necessitated by oil price shocks, debilitating monthly allocations and lean internally generated revenue. We also inherited arrears of pension, embargo on promotion and conversion, ban on annual salary increment since 2012, among others.
“While we were still battling with these ominous challenges, the Federal Government approved minimum wage in response to Labour agitation. But despite these stifling challenges, we remained resolute to fulfill our promises to workers as a welfare-oriented government.
“During the presentation of the 2019 Budget, our maiden budget, I promised that late-payment of workers’ salaries would be a thing of the past. We continue to fulfill this promise to date. We are also delivering service and projects since we came into power about two years ago.
“Part of our strategies for getting by in this harsh economic environment was the introduction of fiscal discipline through cutting of wastes, plugging excesses as well as adopting creativity in governance. We are also working hard to increase the revenue of our State.”
Oyetola said, “I appreciate our Labour Leaders and the entire Labour Family, our allies in the race to the delivery of stellar services to our people, for your selflessness, understanding, perseverance, industry and love for State.
“I therefore appeal to us to take advantage of the welfare packages that we have introduced to double our efforts to take the State out of economic woods and set it on the lane of economic transformation that we began together two years ago.”
Those in attendance include the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; some cabinet members, State Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Adebowale Adekola; Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Bayo Adejumo, among others.