The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved N25,000 provisional wage award for all workers for six months.
This followed consultations between the State Government delegation that met with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) earlier today.
It will be recalled that the Oyo state Government pledged its commitment to cushion the effect of the removal of petrol subsidy to residents of the state, through its Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery, (SAfER) plan.
The state Government also committed to the provision of funds for micro and small-scale enterprises.
Speaking with the workers on Monday, at the Governor’s Office, Governor Makinde announced that the government will commence payment of N25,000 to civil servants for a six-months period from October 2023.
He also said the government will pay N15, 000 to pensioners for the period of six months.
The Governor, who was optimistic about the outcome, encouraged the Labour representatives to convene meetings with their respective branches and executives to present the agreements.
Makinde said the monthly payment will cost the Government extra Two billion naira, N2bn, monthly.
He expressed hope that the lingering strike would be called off, as his government is set to provide relief to the affected workers.
Recall that Civil servants in Oyo state had urged Governor Makinde to commence payment of N35,000 provisional wage increment to workers in the state in line with the agreement the organised labour unions the federal government.
The workers filed out protesting in front of the Governor’s Office, demanding to speak with the governor.
Present at the meeting with workers were the NLC Chairman, Kayode Martins, Secretary, Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Olusegun Abatan, and Joint Negotiation Committee member.