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Oyo workers' urge Makinde to urgently increase wage amid economic challenges

He called on workers in the state and Nigerians in general to be hopeful that very soon, they would scale through the current difficulties.

Oyo workers' urge Makinde to urgently increase wage amid economic challenges

Chairman of NLC in the state, Kayode Martins, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan while assessing Gov. Seyi Makinde’s performance during the first year of his second term in office.

According to Kayode, one of the major challenges faced by workers in the state and Nigeria in general is the attendant effects of petrol subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023.

He noted that upon the removal of the fuel subsidy, the federal government began the payment of ₦35,000 wage award for its workers while some states also agreed on various sums as wage awards to alleviate the sufferings of the workers.

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“Here in Oyo State, we were able to get a wage award of ₦25,000 for workers and ₦15,000 for pensioners.

“The governor also directed that the 2022 promotion letters be issued and recently, about ₦1.3 billion was released for payment of gratuities for retirees in the state.

“But the suffering of workers in particular and the citizens in general as a result of the fuel subsidy removal is enormous to the extent that even the wage award they are collecting have little or no effect on their condition.

“That has been the situation in the state, but we still thank God,” he said.

Martins said that the socio-economic situation of the country, the state inclusive, was not friendly, adding that governments at all levels must do something urgently before it got out of hand. The NLC chairman noted that the cost of living was high, with inflation already eating up everything, stressing that this had made life difficult for the citizens.

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“Presently, our monthly salaries cannot sustain us for a week,” he stated.

Martins, however, said that the governor had indicated his readiness to negotiate with NLC once the ongoing negotiations on the new minimum wage had been concluded. He called on workers in the state and Nigerians in general to be hopeful that very soon, they would scale through the current difficulties.

The labour leader called on the government to be humane and considerate on the issue of a new minimum wage in the overall interest of Nigerian workers.

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