Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has reiterated his administration’s resolve to prioritise workers’ welfare in the state.
Makinde spoke on Thursday shortly after a meeting with organised labour on the N30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustment for workers in the state.
The governor said every worker deserved his wages, adding that his administration would continue to look at ways of improving the quality of life of workers in the state.
He expressed delight that the negotiating team concluded with the workers in an atmosphere devoid of rancour.
He said, “I am pleased that they engaged the assignment as a team. It was not we against them and there was also a lot of give-and-take in there. At least, in Oyo State now, the issue of minimum wage and consequential adjustment have been resolved.
“I thank the team because there has been a lot of expectations from the people and the workers. In my speech a few weeks back, at the inter-religious prayer session for the year, I said we would get alignment and get to pay the minimum wage but the element of affordability, sustainability and also being able to agree on it.
“Now, we will move to the implementation stage. Members of this team that have been able to reach this agreement for us will be constituted into a standing committee. For us, as we notice improvements in the economy of the state, we also want to put a value here for the people.
“And, I also explained to them that we won’t make minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in isolation. We have to look at the overall quality of life here. If you are earning N30,000 here in Ibadan, what’s the purchasing value compared to Osun, Ondo, Lagos states?
“We need to also check what we are doing as far as the major pillars of this administration are concerned. In education, are they able to get qualitative ones for their children without paying any fee? Are they able to go to the hospital and get attended to? Are they feeling secure in this environment? So, all of those things will add to the value that is being derived from people’s earning.”
“My mother also used to be one of them. She is 80 now and going to 81. She worked at the secretariat. I hawked bread to assist the family. So, I can feel what some of them are going through. Even, the Holy Book records it that workers deserve their wages and we have not done anything outside of that. We will ensure that they remain the first line charge before we do anything. For me, when the tide is up, all the bolts will rise.”