The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration would not fail to pay workers the thirty thousand naira new minimum wage.
The Governor said this on Wednesday at the 2020 Government Annual Inter-religious Service, held for State workers and officials.
At the event, well attended by top government functionaries and workers, Makinde assured the State workforce that the committee set up to look into the implementation of the new national minimum wage would reach an agreement that is achievable and sustainable, while also making both the workers and the government happy.
He said, “As we gather here this morning for this inter-religious service to usher in a new working year, it is the best time for each one of us to reflect on our accomplishments last year and then plan how to become better versions of ourselves this year.”
Governor Makinde noted that once the Committee on minimum wage submits its report, he would give the report an optimal consideration and his administration would not pay lesser than the thirty thousand naira new minimum wage.
“I know some states that would have this agreement but come to tell you, ‘Oh, we can’t afford to pay because we just don’t have the money,’ but this administration is planning and once we sign that agreement, we will pay it. And no worker in Oyo State will earn below the national minimum wage,” he said.
The Governor expressed deep sadness and regret over the recent loss of lives and property because of the various fire outbreaks in the State, particularly the more recent 400 year-old Akesan Market in Oyo Town.
“I promised to protect the lives and property of everyone living within the borders of Oyo State. So I take full responsibility for this failing, I promise you I will make things right. Already we have started the bidding process for ten new fire trucks.”
“I have also called for investigations into the immediate and remote causes of these fires. We are also rebuilding the market and we will begin a process of providing support to the market people that lost their wares,” the Governor affirmed.
Makinde urged all citizens to be more safety conscious, especially given the present weather conditions in the country.
“In a way, we all also want to prevent personal fires in our lives this year and the best way to do that is by setting SMART goals. Our goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound,” he advised.
Governor Makinde said that some of the things the State was grateful for are: the progress in the education system, improved healthcare, lighting up of Ibadan streets and expansion of the economy.
“It is a new year. Some people say it gives us a chance to start again, I say it gives us a chance to continue growing. This is because even if we failed in any way in the previous year, we have another chance to try again. And try we must,” the Governor added.
Earlier, in her opening address, the Head of Service, (HoS), Mrs Amidat Agboola, said that Governor Makinde had shown that leadership was all about selflessness.
She said no organisation can work effectively and objectively without measuring its performance.
The HoS disclosed that the Governor had, among other things, approved the conduct of a Productivity/Merit Award Day, expected to be institutionalised to ensure improvement in the performance of workers in the State.
She encouraged workers to welcome change and inculcate innovation and creativity as the usual way of doing things would no longer be tolerated.
The HoS said there was the need to adopt “a new way in carrying out our duties, comportment, relating with members of the public, handling government resources and property and relating with co-workers.”
After the Inter-religious Service, Governor Makinde paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the razed Iyaganku Furniture Centre, Ibadan and the Akesan Market in Oyo Town, where he implored the traders to be patient and cooperate with his government, promising that the market would be rebuilt in the shortest possible time.