Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged workers in the state to resume their respective duty posts on Monday, as he announced during a state-wide broadcast on Saturday. In his address, the governor emphasized that his government is focusing on key areas such as food security and transportation to alleviate the economic challenges faced by residents.
The governor’s appeal comes in the wake of protests by workers and pensioners in the state, who have been advocating for improved welfare conditions. Among their requests are salary deductions payment, palliatives for workers, increased pension allowances, payment of leave bonuses, and the release of promotion letters for the years 2021 and 2022.
Governor Makinde assured the workers that the owed two months’ deductions would be paid along with their August salaries. He also expressed willingness to engage in further dialogue to address any salary increment or harmonization of pension payments, encouraging union leaders to return to the negotiating table.
Additionally, the governor announced plans to increase the number of available buses for civil servants’ commute to and from work from 9 to 12. Furthermore, the government will cover the health insurance premium for all pensioners under the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) scheme, refunding those who have already made payments.
In the broadcast, Governor Makinde shared the short-term plans to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal and the resulting economic difficulties faced by the people. Despite limited state revenue, the government has consistently paid civil servants’ salaries and pensions on time, including the minimum wage and consequential adjustments for all cadres of civil servants since January 2020.
The governor acknowledged the financial constraints faced by the state, which make it challenging to implement salary or pension increases at this time. Nevertheless, he assured the workers that the government is committed to finding solutions to the pressing issues through dialogue and focused initiatives.
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