The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has said that there is no worker in the state that will earn below the new national minimum wage approved by the Federal Government.
He said: “We won’t pay in percentages and I want to also state categorically that no worker in Oyo State will earn below the national minimum wage.”
Read full speech below:
A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR SEYI MAKINDE AT THE INTER-RELIGIOUS SERVICE TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR HELD ON 8 TH JANUARY, 2020 AT
THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE CAR PARK, SECRETARIAT, IBADAN.
It is with great joy in my heart that I welcome you to this Year’s Inter-Religious Service which is being held to celebrate and appreciate the Almighty God for his goodness, mercy and loving-kindness. We are all blessed to be among the living and so we give glory to God.
2. I wish to appreciate the entire workforce and the good people of Oyo State for their support since inception of this administration. Just as Abraham Lincoln, former United States’ President said “no man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent” you have given us this mandate and we will never take it for granted. We have not come to make people suffer, we have come to ameliorate sufferings.
3. My profound gratitude also goes to our religious leaders for their encouragement, prayers and words of admonition during and after the electioneering period which extended to the Supreme Court ruling which gave us victory. Our intention to serve this State is divine, hence the victory at the Supreme Court. The victory is for the good people of Oyo State. We thank you all.
4. Ladies and Gentlemen, as I have always said, my plans for the entire citizenry of the State are with good intention that will be impactful into their lives. The payment of the December Salary before the Christmas Day and the 13th Month salary was to ensure the convenience of the entire workforce and have a virile and stable festive period economy. Like I said, an economy which is being driven by the public service needs the public
service to be well funded. This can only be done by the prompt payment of salaries and pensions. This is not a privilege to the workers or the retirees, it is actually a right which they are entitled to and this administration will protect this right.
5. Just as the Head of Service has said, a negotiating Committee has been put in place to work out modalities for the payment of the New Minimum Wage. You may all recall that I said that if all leakages are blocked and all hands are on deck, Oyo State can pay more than the N30,000.00 Minimum Wage approved by the Federal Government. This has not changed. We all can make this happen.
6. On Health Infrastructure, we have improved upon the facilities we met on ground at our General Hospitals. Not just that, we have rehabilitated the roads leading to Adeoyo Hospital and we completed the Maternal and Pediatrics Hospital at Jericho where we relocated some all facilities formally at the non-spacious Jericho Specialist Hospital. Let me also inform this gathering that we approved and released the sum of 30 Million Naira for the accreditation of the College of Nursing. This we believe would help motivate the lecturers leading to good quality Nurses being produced by the College.
7. On Social Infrastructure, the “Operation Light up Ibadan”, with the provision of security and patrol vehicles to our security agencies has helped to reduce crime and criminal activities. We have never stopped working on the construction of roads which we met on ground, those that have been considered to be important and the Contractor seen as serious have been advised to go back to site. The Idi-Ape-Akobo Road, Gate-Iwo Road Interchange and Saki Township road are some of the roads we met and continued working on.
However, we determined the Moniya-Ijaye-Iseyin Road and re- awarded a new contract for complete overhauling of the road network and work is in progress. More approvals would be given to ensure that the Trunk B Roads are in good shape for free vehicular movement and the comfort of our people.
8. On Education, our strategy of making both primary and secondary education free has been yielding positive results, especially with the increase in enrolment of students in our public primary and secondary schools. The ongoing rehabilitation of dilapidated public schools’ buildings is targeted at making teaching and learning very conducive in order to achieve desired results. Our Teachers who have been upgraded are not only happy but also have their morale boosted for better performance. This is backed up with the payment of School running grants to both Primary and Secondary Schools in the State. We also approved a sum of N56Million Naira for our Secondary Schools to cater for extra moral classes in English and Mathematics for our students in terminal classes. The target is to ensure that we move from number 26 to between 1-5 in the WAEC grading by this year 2020.
The success of any government depends on the people. You as great workers of Oyo State have your roles to play for this administration to succeed. I admonish you to be dedicated to work, shun violence and sabotage and also avoid all acts capable of destroying our dear State. I have promised that the welfare of the workers is paramount to this administration but I still expect more from all of you in terms of commitment to your duties and loyalty to this administration. It is my belief that this year which has started well shall end well for us all.