The organised Labour union under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress has appealed to the state government to reinstate the workers that were relieved of their duties in the state recently. The organised labour stated this during the annual event to mark workers day in the state held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan.
At the event tagged “ Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win” the NLC chairman in the state Comrade Waheed Olojede submitted that many of those relieved of their duties as a result of the falsification of certificate were innocent of this offense and were going through untold hardship as a result. He therefore appealed to the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to grant executive pardon to those affected workers.
The NLC chairman seized the opportunity of the occasion to commiserate with the people of the state on the demise of the Speaker of the Oyo state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Adeyemo.
Comrade Waheed also emphasised the importance of implementing the recommended minimum wage of #66,500 for all workers in the state both private and public. According to him the #18,000 minimum wage being implemented across the country was not a living wage as it does not put into consideration the economic realities of the country
He decried the present poor state of economy while admonishing the government to return to a revitalize non-Oil sector of the economy especially Agriculture as this would translate into industrialisation, thus creating job for the teeming youth populace. This he strongly opined would reduce the current spate of kidnapping and armed robber in the state and country at large.
The energy sector of the economy being a critical sector that drives the economy also need to be properly regulated and prices of petroleum product reduced so that the high cost of living would be drastically reduced.
He called on the government to prioritise the payment of the arrears of pension and gratuity of retired workers in the state, According to him, these senior citizen have laboured and served the nation and state effectively this deserving of the best of treatment they can get. He called on the state government to implement the recommendation of the council setup to look into the pension of retired workers under the local government administration in Oyo state
The event had in attendance members of the state government,heads of labour unions and workers across the state.
Report by Omojaro Oluwaseyi, Victor Alagogooko and pictures by Olawale Awe for IbadanCity Announcer