Yinka Salaam, Osogbo
Osun State Governor in Southwest Nigeria has inaugurated a committee to work out the modalities for the implementation of minimum wage for Civil Servants in the state.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola who did the inauguration in Osogbo urged the committee members to ensure they arrive at a reasonable amount of increment that is sustainable
Oyetola said his administration would work through the committee to arrive at a solution that would be pleasing to both workers and government.
He commended the labour leaders and the entire workforce for their cooperation and sense of understanding.
“I thank the leadership of labour for their level of cooperation in the last one year. The welfare of workers is very important to me. That’s why we pay their salaries promptly and in full.
“Thank God we’ve spent one year without rancour or strike. We’ll work together to have a safe landing that will be acceptable to the two parties. I’m delighted to see this committee inaugurated,” he said.
The governor said while the administration was committed to paying the new minimum wage, it also needs to collectively drive the IGR upward as the only source for payment of the minimum wage.
In a reaction, the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) Mr Bayo Adejumo said the labour leaders pledged their cooperation with the government to avoid a “war-war type” of negotiation.
He lauded Oyetola for his faithfulness to all negotiations from his days as good negotiations, saying the current administration had implemented most of the agreements reached with the labour by the previous governments.
“Our amiable Governor is not new to labour and he is not new to negotiation. He has been handling labour matters in the last nine years. Today we are happy that we have no regret supporting your mergence. Most of the agreements we entered during the time are being implemented now by your administration.
“While commending you for prompt payment of salaries in full, we assure you that this negotiation will not be a war war type. We will apply scientific negotiation in a very conducive manner. We have absolute confidence in your leadership,” Adejumo said.
HoS commends governor, workers
The Head of Service, Dr. Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, commended the governor for sustaining the full salaries of the civil servants in the State of Osun.
He explained the reasons for the renegotiation, even as he expressed hope that the people of Osun would have a reason to smile in the new year 2020
“In line with the common tradition of labour, it’s important that whenever there is a new minimum wage it is important that it is renegotiated. That is why a committee to work out implementation of the minimum wage is being inaugurated today,” Oyebade said.
The committee, chaired by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola, includes the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Olalekan Yinusa; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwafemi Akande; Commissioner for Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mrs. Giwa Lateefah Abiodun ; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Bimpe Ogunlumade; and the State Accountant General, Mr. Sunday Igbaroola.
The labour leaders in the committee are the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo; Secretary JNC, Richard Oyegbemi; Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Sunday Adekomi; Secretary, NLC, Rufus Adeyemi; Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Adebowale Adekola; Secretary (TUC), Akin Olatunbosun; Chairman ASCSN, Dauda Adeyemi; his Secretary, Jide Akinlami.
Others are Lasun Akindele, Chairman, Council II; Bimbo Arapasopo, Secretary, Council II; Gbenga Oyebode, Chairman, Council III; Adeniyi S.M. Secretary, Council III; Amuda Wakeel Alade, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT); Adedeji Adeyeye, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE); John Ugoro, NULGE Secretary; and Salam Kayode, Secretary, NUT.