By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Civil servants in Osun State have passed vote of confidence in Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, describing him as a promise keeper.
The workers who went into jubilation over the new welfare packages also hailed the administration of Oyetola for taking their welfare as topmost priority since assumption of office in 2018.
Oyetola who had on Friday announced the approval and immediate implementation of new national minimum wage for all categories of workers in the State also lifted embargo on the protracted Annual Salary Increment, Promotions and Conversions which had been withheld since 2012. The implementation of these welfare packages commenced on 1st of November this year.
The workers who had earlier converged on the main entrance of the State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, on Monday, tumultuously welcomed the Governor and his entourage to show their unreserved appreciation and unflinching support and solidarity for the Administration.
The jubilating workers who trekked with the Governor from the main entrance gate to the Governor’s office were seen with handy-barners carrying different solidarity inscriptions to confirm their support and cooperation with the present government.
Speaking on behalf of the workers in the State, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Babatunde Adekomi, described the approval and the implementation of the workers’ demands within the two years of the present administration as unimaginable, surprising and remarkable.
According to him, the new development would go a long way to re-energise the workers’ strength, stimulate their level of productivity and by extension register a significant improvement on the economy of the State.
Adekomi said, “You will recollect that in 2012, embargo was placed on Annual Salary Increment. Also, embargo was placed on promotions and conversions. The last time workers earned all these benefits was in 2012. 2018 promotions that were done for us were nominal but not monitised.
“But with this agreement and subsequent approval of Mr Governor, he has succeeded in monetising the 2018 promotions hitherto that we were collected which had not been monitised.
“Also, Mr Governor had successfully lifted embargo on other promotions which are 2019 and 2020. He has implemented National Minimum Wage and also, he has lifted embargo on conversions for all categories of workers in the state.
In his response, the Governor who expressed delight with the warmth reception given to him by the rank and file of the State workforce appreciated them for their continued show of love, solidarity, high sense of diligence to duty and commitment to the advancement of the State since the inception of his administration.
He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to champion the workers’ welfare and things that will bring all-round development to the people of the State in general and workers in particularly.
“The wage bill is huge, it is a tough thing to do. But when you look at the career advancement, we will know that it is a necessity. We believe strongly that with determination, we will get over it.
“As long as the revenue of our State improves, we can still do more but we should all work very hard. As we said before, if we have opportunity to increase our revenue, no doubt, we will jerk up the workers’ welfare packages”, Oyetola added.