Why Makinde has not increased salaries, but still Oyo best gov, says Sodo, SA on Labour Affairs
The Special Adviser on Labour Affairs to Engr Seyi Makinde, the Oyo state governor, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, has described his principal as the best the state has had especially in terms of labour relations.
Comrade Sodo made this remark on Friday during a chat with ogbomosoinsightonline.com at the retirement service of Comrade Samson Toju Adedoyin, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), held at Caretaker Baptist Church Ogbomoso.
Comrade Sodo,, a former president of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo state stated that Engr Seyi Makinde has not been able to increase the civil servants’ salaries as promised due to the cash crunch that hit the state as a result of the covid-19 pandemic noting however that this had not only affected Oyo state but the whole states in the country in general including the federal government.
The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oyo state branch former boss however commended Engr Makinde saying despite the economic downturn he had maintained a robust relationship with the workers by giving them their entitlements before they even ask.
He asserted that while some states had discontinued the payment of the new minimum wage Oyo state did not join the bandwagon adding that the governor had paid the 13th month salary in three consecutive years despite the financial constraints, a situation he posited made Governor Makinde ranks as the best helmsman the state has had.
“His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde since he got to office has been alive to his responsibilities to the workers, more than any other governor in Nigeria.
“There can’t be industrial disharmony, there will continue to be industrial harmony because many times some of the entitlements of workers are already taken care of by His Excellency before they start asking for it.
“As it stands, this is one of the very few states in Nigeria where workers are earning promotions with arrears. As it stands, in the history of Oyo state this is the government that has paid the 13th month salary three consecutive times and he intends to continue that way.
“There are so many other perquisites that the workers of Oyo state have been fortunate to enjoy without stress from the present admnistration.”
On failure to review salaries, he submitted: “Of course if you notice even the Federal Government aside other states, is shouting about the economic situation in the country as a result of the covid-19 pandemic such that our neighbouring states (which l will not want to mention, states in the same geopolitical zone as us), are unable to pay their salaries in full, some have even reverted the new minimum wage, but we have continued to pay and l can assure you the review (of salaries) will still be done.”