From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has announced the immediate implementation of welfare packages for all categories of workers in the State.
The Governor also approved the immediate implementation of Minimum Wage, lifting of ban on Annual Salary Increment and embargo placed on promotions and conversions since 2012.
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.
He stated this in a statement signed by his Press Secretary Ismail Omipidan and made available to media in kaduna yesterday.
Oyetola said the implementation of the welfare packages was in fulfilment of the electioneering promises made to the workers while seeking office.
He disclosed that the new development would cost the State an additional N750 million in monthly wage bill.
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.”