FUEL SUBSIDY: Governor sets up committee to review workers’ salary



FUEL SUBSIDY: Governor sets up committee to review workers’ salary

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday, constituted a committee to review workers’ salaries following the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.



The committee, which was constituted during a meeting with labour leaders in the state at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office in Ibadan, the state capital, has eight weeks to submit its report.


Speaking at the meeting, the governor said his administration was prepared for the review, saying the state can come up with necessary programmes to alleviate the impact.

“For us, with all sincerity, I think it is time to engage and ensure that we are proactive, irrespective of what is coming from the Federal level. We are already prepared for it here and we can run our own programmes.



“Yes, the fuel subsidy removal is going to affect all of us but we do have control over certain things in this state, and one of these is to be proactive and engage ourselves.
They may call for strike or certain actions at the Federal level but the labour leaders in the state must be aware of our own situation. So, we must appreciate the fact that our economy is fragile. We must be proactive and set the tone without prejudice to whatever negotiation is happening at the Federal level.





“I can say to the whole world that in the state, there is no trust deficit between the government and labour leaders. It actually goes both ways. If we agree on what to do, I don’t look back, and if you have my commitment to anything, you should not look back. Whatever is happening at the national level should not create any trust deficit between us. So, I welcome you all to Omituntun 2.0.” The governor stated.


Speaking on behalf of other affiliated unions, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kayode Martins, who was supported by his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Olatubosun Olabiyi, said minimum wage review was overdue, calling on the government to work towards its quick realization.
The meeting had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal; Head of Service, Bunmi Oni; former Deputy Governor, Taofeek Arapaja; former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Monsurat Sunmonu; former Special Adviser on Labour, Bayo Titilola-Sodo; wife of former governor, Mutiat Ladoja; traditional rulers and a host of others.

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