Kayode Martins, chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State branch, has showered encomiums on Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, for meeting the demands of the state workers.
The NLC chairman said this during a visit to the office of Dotun Oyelade, commissioner for Information and Civic orientation, on Friday, adding that the governor has rescued the image of the labour union leaders.
He said in fulfillment of his promise five days ago to pay the welfare wage of workers and pensioners, Governor Makinde made good his promise yesterday.
Recall that at the Monday meeting with the leadership of the union and later its general assembly in his office, Governor Makinde, while pleading with the workers to be on the same page with him to develop the state economy for long term, said that he will always engage in policies that will make life easier for the workers while not neglecting the majority and building infrastructure that will enhance development.
During his visit in company of Seun Olanipekun, chairman, Joint Negotiation Council, JNC, Oyo State, the NLC chairman said that if Oyo State, with about N3.5 billion IGR per month, can offer N25,000 to its workers and N15,000 to its pensioners and Lagos State with an IGR of N60 billion every month can offer its own workers N40,000, it would be seen that Oyo State governor is a true lover of workers and a man of integrity who fulfills his promises.
While receiving the labour leaders, the commissioner said that the number of workers and pensioners in the state is 103,000, which makes it one of the largest in the federation.
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He said that the governor is ready to meet their reasonable requests as situation demands, while striving to satisfy the vast majority without neglecting infrastructural development.
The commissioner said that while it is a delight to watch the happiness on the faces of Oyo State workers, it is equally a challenge to the workers to assist the government in its efforts to accelerate the economic growth of the state.
The cash award will be for an initial period of six months.