Oyo Workers Receive Highest Salary in Southwest, Makinde’s Aide Declares

Oyo Workers Receive Highest Salary in Southwest, Makinde’s Aide Declares

- The Oyo state government has boasted that it is the highest-paid state in the southwest.

- Comrade Titilola Sodo, the special adviser to the governor on labour matters, made the declaration while featuring on the NUJ interactive session in Ibadan

- Sodo said after Lagos state, no other state in the region has paid minimum wage as the Oyo state now pays N30,500

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Comrade Bayo Titilola Sodo, the special adviser on labour affairs, to the governor of Oyo, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the workers in the state receive the highest pay among their contemporaries in the southwest.

Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo state, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the governor's aide asserted that the moribund welfare status of the state's workforce has been revived.

Oyo workers receive highest salary in southwest, Makinde’s aide declares
The Oyo state government has said that its workers receive the highest salary in the southwest. Credit: @seyiamakinde
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Comrade Sodo made this known at an interactive session with the Oyo chapter of the correspondent chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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He said the welfare of the state workforce has tremendously improved in the last two years, adding that as a special adviser on labour affairs, he would continue to agitate for the welfare of workers irrespective of level or position, reired or active.

The governor's aide also noted that before May 2019, most reirees in Oyo state were in a terrible situation, saying that between then and now, Makinde's government has paid over N13billion as a gratuity to this set of people.

He said:

"I see myself as a representative of the labour in the government of Governor Seyi Makinde. I see myself as the ears and eyes of the labour. I take responsibility for whatever mistake the governor may have made."

Sodo, who stated that Oyo state is paying N30,500 minimum wage, added that some wrongly dismissed workers have been reinstated by the current administration.

He said that the workers were recalled because it was found out that they were wrongly sacked by previous administrations in the state.

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Comrade Sodo further stated:

"Some wrongly dismissed workers have been reinstated back to the service. The minimum wage in Oyo state is N30,500 and I can say that if not for COVID-19, it would have been more."

He added that he represents the labour in the government of Governor Makinde, hence he has been working to ensure that workers welfare is being given needed attentions.

Makinde's aide said:

"I am with NLC, you cannot just wake up one day and say that you are sacking the workers. It is about the government. It is not El-rufai and sons. It is Kaduna state government. Due process must be followed.
"The government has paid over N13 billion across sectors to pensioners in the state and it has increased the maternity leave to six (6) months. You can see, the labour/government relation has improved. That is not what we met in May 2019."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, vowed that his administration would not honour a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) unless electricity is restored in his state.

It was reported that El-Rufai made the comment after the NLC suspended a five-day warning strike embarked upon to protest the Kaduna government’s planned mass sack of civil servants over an alleged severe fiscal crisis.

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