Makinde Keeps Mum As Oyo Workers Demand New Wage Structure

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde on Monday, kept mum over the request if the workers in the state for a new minimum wage .

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Oyo State, Kayode Martins, had demanded a new wage structure for workers to meet up with the current economic challenges in the country .

Martins made this call during his speech at this year’s Workers Day, held at Adamasingba Lekan Salami stadium in Ibadan, the state capital, urging the government to look into it and make the necessary amendments.

Martins also lamented that N30,000 minimum wage which ought to have been reviewed over the years has caused a clog in the wheel of progress of so many workers in Nigeria, especially in the state,

The NLC chairman called for the engagement of workers when there is an imbroglio between government and labour where the issue would be trashed out rather than taking a unilateral decision without their consent.

Also speaking, the Trade Union Congress, Bosun Olabiyi, appealed to the government to provide a conducive environment for workers.

He urged the government to look into the issue of casualization of workers to curb injustice being meted out to them during the employment.

But, in his remarks after the two unions had made their requests, Makinde did not respond to the requests .

The governor only promised to maintain his prompt payment of salary.

Makinde also promised that his government would embark on an aggressive global investment drive.

He said, “Our message to the world is simple, come and invest in the state in agribusiness, renewable energy, solid minerals, and tourism. The state is open for business.

” We will also look inwards and tackle those issues that will make our local entrepreneurs evolve and expand their operations.

“At the same time, we ask that you, the good people of the state, support us on this drive. Continue to be diligent in whatever role you play in the private or public sector, and make the state a welcoming place for investors and visitors.

“We restate that by the grace of God, we will continue to maintain the GSM date for paying civil servants’ salaries under Omituntun 2.0.

“And for our entrepreneurs and investors, we will continue to play our part to make the state economic environment a place where the private sector will thrive,” he promised.”

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