Organised labour tasks Oyo Governor on workers’ welfare

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan


The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Oyo State, Comrade Sikiru Titilola-Sodo, has described the relationship between the Governor Makinde-led administration and the organised labour in the State as unprecedented.

Titilola-Sodo said this when the organised labour in Oyo State, made up of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its self-affiliates, met with the Governor to discuss the welfare of workers in the State.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, was at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.

While answering questions from journalists after the meeting, Titilola-Sodo disclosed that the relationship between the government and organised labour is cordial and quite a departure from what obtained in the past and prays that the cordiality is sustained.

The NLC Chairman noted that some of the issues tabled before the Governor at the meeting included, “prompt payment of workers’ salaries and emoluments, outstanding promotions and retirees who have been unfairly treated in the part, among so many other issues concerning workers in the State.”

Disclosing that Governor Makinde has promised to look into other outstanding issues and find solutions as soon as possible, Titilola-Sodo commended the Governor for some of the steps he has taken in the right direction since he got into Office.

He stated that, “Governor Seyi Makinde, since he got into office, has established the GSM Gate, that is, every worker in the public service of Oyo State gets paid by the 25th of every month. And our retired Babas are no longer taking their pensions in fractions of 20 and 30 percent. They’ve been getting full pensions since Governor Seyi Makinde got into office.”

The NLC Chairman however noted that on the issue of minimum wage, the union is working assiduously towards negotiations with the government and the outcome of the negotiations would determine the action to be taken.

Speaking with newsmen about the meeting, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to Governor Makinde, said that the Governor would look into the demands of the Union, disclosing that the present administration was labour friendly.

Adisa noted that the state government had, since inception, prioritised prompt payment of the salaries of its workforce on the 25th of every month.

Minimum Wage
On minimum wage issue, the CPS said that government would meet the leadership of the labour union immediately the Federal Government resolves the issue with the national body of the union.

He assured all workers and pensioners of better welfare, saying that government would not deny them of their benefits.