By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has introduced fifty per cent pay minimize for all senior political appointees in his cupboard.
That is because the Governor additionally assures staff within the state of his dedication to the cost of salaries on the 25th of each month.
Governor Makinde made the disclosures on Friday whereas addressing high labour leaders within the state at a low key occasion to commemorate the 2020 Worldwide Employees Day.
The occasion which held at Labour Home, American Quarters, Ibadan was attended by high authorities functionaries and high labour leaders within the state.
Whereas noting that the subsequent couple of months can be troublesome, particularly within the face of hardship occasioned by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Governor Makinde assures that his authorities is working onerous to mitigate the shocks to the state financial system.
He famous that he had additionally gotten the cooperation of the state lawmakers to chop their salaries by 30 %, including that the state will discover its out of the financial meltdown.
He reiterated that his administration has additionally authorized the second part of the sunshine up Oyo challenge to enhance the infrastructure of the state.
He stated, “Once I was taking on the affairs of presidency on Could 29, 2019, I by no means envisaged that our first Employee’s Day celebration would occur with out the standard pomp.
“Nobody would have thought at the moment, that in nearly a yr, the world can be thrown into confusion as they battle to know a brand new pressure of the coronavirus illness. However because the saying goes, “it’s important to take the dangerous with the great.”
“Let me begin by commending each employee in Oyo State as we struggle the COVID-19 pandemic. Not simply the well being staff who’re main the cost and risking every day publicity to this illness, however the volunteers from numerous sectors who’re working in little methods and massive methods to make sure that we stop, comprise and management the unfold of COVID-19 in our state.
“The following couple of months are going to be troublesome ones, however we’re working onerous to mitigate the shocks to our financial system. Already, now we have secured the cooperation of the legislature to take a 30% minimize to their month-to-month allocations, whereas senior authorities appointees take 50% pay cuts. It’s because we really feel that the financial security of the workforce should be prioritised.
“We should on today, admire the efforts of those that have taken pay cuts in order that others could also be catered for. I’m comfortable that below this administration, the wellbeing of the widespread man takes priority. I offer you my phrase; we are going to proceed to place within the work wanted to make sure that you’re by no means paid with ‘bear with us on the finish of any month.
“We salute the employees who’ve needed to sacrifice their earnings presently, these whose companies have been affected by the partial lockdown in Oyo State. Non-public colleges can’t function presently. Occasion planners are additionally badly hit; you may’t run your operations when there aren’t any gatherings.
“Night time golf equipment have misplaced earnings; the curfews appear to be focused at your small business. Cinemas are going through enormous losses. Transporters are taking cuts; they’ve been directed to function at 60% capability. The ideas of social distancing have additionally affected the earnings of many extra companies and people who depend on their every day earnings. A lot of you may have misplaced your jobs.
However as our folks say, ” Ilé ọba t’ójó, ẹwà ló bùsi.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has struck. It’s now the accountability of us all to construct one thing out of this pandemic that can make generations to return proud.
“Publish COVID-19, we might be left with an financial system which should be grown and sustained. That is why I ran for governor, for a time like this. I’ll make the robust choices in order that our financial system can thrive.
“We wish to get our financial system again on observe. That is why now we have began opening up the system whereas maintaining a tally of the stories from the Oyo State COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre.
“I bear in mind, throughout my inaugural speech, I had requested to your endurance as a result of we couldn’t pay the newly launched minimal wage. I promised that we’d pay, however that you need to give us slightly time. You probably did. And we didn’t allow you to down.
“Lower than ten months later, we not solely authorized the cost of the brand new minimal wage, we paid the backlog from January 2020. And by the grace of God, we are going to hold paying it. The 25th of each month will stay the date once you obtain your salaries each month.
“We authorized the second part of the sunshine up Oyo challenge. It’s at the least a N29 billion challenge and now we have arrange a committee.
“The Secretary to the State Authorities and two others are to make sure they work with the contractor and see that pole fabrication and others are carried out domestically. That is to make sure that certain quantity of that cash is spent in Oyo state. It’s the solely approach to make sure advantages of enhanced financial system get to the road degree.”
Of their separate remarks on the occasion, the trio of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Commerce Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), warned employers towards utilizing the covid-19 pandemic as excuse for the stoppage and discount of staff’ salaries.
Talking, Oyo state NLC chairman, Comrade Adebayo Titilola-Sodo, stated the Union won’t settle for a discount within the salaries of the Oyo state staff, including that the labour leaders imagine that Governor Makinde won’t be part of these planning to execute pay minimize for staff.
Additionally talking, the Oyo state TUC chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran, stated on this troublesome instances, Labour leaders count on the federal government to not deal with revenue however on sustaining livelihood of individuals such that every one will survive the pandemic.
On his half, the Secretary, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Oyo state chapter, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, urged all affiliate unions and state branches to withstand any deduction in wage.
The excessive level of the occasion was the presentation of the award of ‘Labour Pleasant Governor’ on Makinde.