By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured that his administration will give positive consideration to the issue of consequential salary adjustment for the new minimum wage.
Abiodun who made this known at the official commissioning of the Permanent Secretariat of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Magbon, Abeokuta, said his administration would continue to ensure civil servants’ welfare were given adequate priority.
“I have listened patiently and taken note to a number of your requests including the new minimum wage implementation. The issue of the hurriedly recruited candidates through ASCON, the support for your effort here, the issue of Certificate of Occupancy, the promise that was made by the previous administration towards the infrastructure of that housing estate. Let me assure you that all these and all other issues will be given very serious and positive consideration.
“For us as a government, we will not take our public servants for granted because they are equal stakeholders in our Building Our Future Together agenda. We are committed to the welfare of our workers in terms of prompt payment of salaries, workers emoluments, human capacity development and other welfare schemes”, he said.
He assured that his administration would also ensure that the promise made by the previous administration towards providing basic infrastructure for the 51 unit housing estate, recently commissioned by the association is met, calling for continued support of public servants.
While commending, the Comrade Bunmi Fajobi-led Executive of the Association for being proactive, Governor Abiodun said construction of the building was a demonstration of the executive members’ commitment to the Association.
“The construction of this building particularly through self help is no doubt a representation of the commitment and focus of the Association’s executive members under the leadership of Comrade Bunmi Fajobi, to the individual development of his members.”, he said.
In his remarks, the National President, ASCSN, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, who represented by the Vice President, Comrade Kennis Ngene, thanked the Governor for providing an enabling environment for the Association to thrive in the State, adding that the Secretariat is a legacy for the future.
Kaigama called on government to look at the implementation of the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustments, saying the association believes the State was capable of agreeing to terms that would positively affect its workforce.
Earlier in his address, the Ogun State Chairman of the Association, Comrade Bunmi Fajobi said the association was able to complete the structure without any public fund, but through the leverage on the check-off dues and levies of members.