Sunday, 11 April, 2021

Osun workers to Oyetola: You ‘re a promise keeper


 …give gov rousing welcome to office over new minimum wage, other welfare packages

Following the approval of new welfare packages for all categories of workers in Osun State, the civil servants have a passed vote of confidence in Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, describing him as a promise keeper.

The workers who went into jubilation over the new welfare packages also hailed the administration of Governor Oyetola for taking their welfare as topmost priority since assumption of office in 2018.

It will be recalled that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had on Friday announced the approval and immediate implementation of new national minimum wage for all categories of workers in the State.

The Governor also lifted embargo on the protracted Annual Salary Increment, Promotions and Conversions which had been withheld since 2012. The implementation of these welfare packages  commenced on 1st of November this year.

The state bureaucrats who had earlier converged on the main entrance of the State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, on Monday, tumultuously welcomed the Governor and his entourage as part of efforts to show their unreserved appreciation and unflinching support and solidarity for the Administration.

The jubilating workers who treked with the Governor from the main entrance gate to the Governor’s office were seen with handy-barners carrying different solidarity inscriptions to confirm their support and cooperation with the present government.

Speaking on behalf of the workers in the State, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Babatunde Adekomi, applauded the State Government for coming to their aid at the most critical period of their needs.

He described the approval and the implementation of the myriad workers’ demands within the two years of the present administration as unimaginable, surprising and remarkable.

According to him, the new development would go a long way to re-energise the workers’ strength, stimulate their level of productivity and by extension register a significant improvement on the economy of the State.

Adekomi who couldn’t hide his excitement noted that the purpose of the rousing welcome was to further renew their loyalty, commitment, dedication and unalloyed support and solidarity for the Administration.

He added: “To whom much is given, much is expected. Actually, we are here this morning to appreciate Mr. Governor for what he has done and still doing for the generality of the workers in the State.

“You will recollect that in 2012, embargo was placed on Annual Salary Increment. Also, embargo was placed on promotions and conversions. The last time workers earned all these benefits was in 2012. 2018 promotions that were done for us were nominal but not monitised.

“But with this agreement and subsequent approval of Mr Governor, he has succeeded in monetising the 2018 promotions hitherto that we were collected which had not been monitised.

“Also, Mr Governor had successfully lifted embargo on other promotions which are 2019 and 2020. He has implemented National Minimum Wage and also, he has lifted embargo on conversions for all categories of workers in the state.

“In fact, a lot of goodies and packages for the workers which we have been agitating for have been attended to. As you can see, we are extremely happy for the kind gesture extended to us by the Government”.

In his response, Governor Oyetola expressed delight with the warmth reception given to him by the rank and file of the State workforce.

He appreciated the workers for their continued show of love, solidarity, high sense of diligence to duty and commitment to the advancement of the State since the inception of his administration.

Oyetola who described Osun workers as the most diligent and cooperative proletariats, said he has always derived happiness and rest of mind in the caliber of individuals made up the State workforce. 

The Governor who lamented the meagre resources of the State, said in spite of the fact that it was tough to arrive at the decision, the need to do the necessity must not be compromised for whatever reason.

He attributed the decision to the fulfilment of his electoral promises just as he reiterated that the need  to uplift the standard of living of workers in the State remained none-negotiable.

He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to champion the workers’ welfare and things that will bring all-round development to the people of the Staywte in general and workers in rparticularly.

“Although what it was did was not particularly convenient for us, we did it as part of our commitment to the welfare and well-being of our workers. 

“As a responsible and responsive government, it is our belief that workers should be able to get whatever that is due to the. That was why we deemed it fit to do all these for them.

“All I expect from them is increase in productivity. I expect for us to work together to increase our revenue as we all know that the State needs money to finance all its commitments. We need to work hard to move the State forward.

“The wage bill is huge, it is a tough thing to do. But when you look at the career advancement, we will know that it is a necessity. We believe strongly that with determination, we will get over it.

“As long as the revenue of our State improves, we can still do more but we should all work very hard. As we said before, if we have opportunity to increase our revenue, no doubt, we will jerk up the workers’ welfare packages”, Oyetola added.

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