FORUM

Welfare of Osun workers my priority – Oyetola

Published

on

Welfare of Osun workers my priority – Oyetola

By Julius Toba-JegedeGov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has said that the welfare of civil servants in the state will remain the top priority of his administration.

The governor disclosed this in Abuja when he featured on Forum, a special interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria .

Oyetola, who noted that workers deserve their pay on regular basis, said this informed his decision to commence clearing the backlog of salaries and pension arrears his government inherited three years ago.

“I believe that workers deserve their pay. You don’t hire employees without paying them.

” I made it a priority of my administration to ensure that workers’ salaries are paid when due and in full.

‘’It is more of a priority and God has been so kind to us by enabling us to sustain that since 2018 till date.

“Mind you, not only salaries, we pay pensioners in full as well.

‘’I am committed to the welfare of my workers because they are the engine room of any government in terms of policy implementation.

“They must be seen to be happy, yes, we sustained the payment of full salary.

” We sustain the payment of full pension and we have actually implemented the new minimum wage.

” Out of many states in Nigeria, we are one of the few to have implemented the minimum wage.

“We have assured them that we will pay them the backlog of the half salary we met on ground. Don’t forget that my own half salary is there too because I was in government then.

” We will look into all these, with the kind of funds we have now, we do most of our projects with creativity.

‘’The fund is not there, but you can’t be lamenting as a chief executive and we just need to think out of the box. We have not forgotten that they are owed half of their salaries.

” We will pay them, but the fund situation now doesn’t give us the opportunity to do so.

‘’Obviously, I won’t leave the payment of regular salary to them and start to think of the outstanding, but I can assure you that I’m committed to paying soon,’’ he said.

He went further to explain that he was able to achieve the feat by prioritising the expenditure of the state in spite of many needs competing for attention.

“How we are able to achieve this is by first prioritising expenditure as a government. You have a lot of things competing for your attention; you now have to decide which of these expenditures will deserve your immediate attention.

“So, salary first before other things; like I said, it is all about setting your priority and our priority in Osun is to ensure prompt payment of salaries and pensions, then we can look at other things,’’ he said.

Source: NAN

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3C10

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ nnn.ng

Recent Posts

Burundi rebel group claims airport attack Caregiver advocates end to ageism Macron, Biden to talk in 'coming days' about subs spat Burundi: Young People and Women become a Driving Force of Social Cohesion Delta Variant: Paediatrician advises adults to wear face mask Erdogan says Turkey 'not closed' to dialogue with Armenia Orji Kalu commends Buhari over South East visit Putin's party set to retain parliament majority after polls Global Forum Secretariat, African Development Bank and World Bank Group deliver new manual on Exchange of Information for tax purposes Under-fire Australian minister resigns over anonymous donation Improving Public Health Surveillance and Response in South Sudan 2023 poll: Tinubu Support Group takes off in October – Lawmaker IS-linked terror group leader shot dead in Indonesia’s jungle Switching to Good Health: Nigeria’s Mama Put turn to LPGas use Marwa cautions tricyclists against transporting drugs and traffickers Runsewe bags China man of the year award National Unity: NYSC holds cultural carnival in FCT Ogun Govt. To Coronate First Onirete Of Irete-Ijebu Nigeria needs cutting-edge AI applications for medicine, others–Osinbajo Buhari commiserates with Algerian President over Bouteflika’s death FG restates commitment to girl-child education President Buhari attends UNGA in New York Police arrest 259 suspects over alleged banditry, other crimes in Niger NYSC Inter-Platoon Drill Competition: Corp members performance unique says Lagos Coordinator West African leaders push Guinea strongman on swift elections Aisha Buhari Cup: NFSC to mobilise more fans to watch competitions Aisha Buhari Cup: NFSC to mobilise more fans to watch competitions Tunisian protesters demand end to president's power grab Marburg Virus Disease – Guinea – Disease Outbreak News U.S. Announces New Support for Public Health in Ghana’s Ashanti Region Campaign Against Violence Launched with Support from PEPFAR Ambassador A.Sidoruk meets Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana Iran leader reasserts ban on sports with Israel Dar Scales Up Trade with East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) Coronavirus: Vaccinations Ramp up in Africa Three blasts kill at least two in Afghanistan's Jalalabad UNESCO Launches the Portuguese version of its Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa Fresh Impetus for Palm Tree Production Eritrea: Release Journalists and Politicians Arrested 20 Years Ago The Republic of Zimbabwe Deposits the Instrument of Ratification of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) Joint Statement on Dispute Between the President and Prime Minister Sudan Humanitarian Fund Project Helps Children Affected by Conflict Merkel party learns to campaign again as election looms Djibouti’s First National Strategy on Migration Targets Challenges from Horn of Africa Police trampled, hundreds arrested in Melbourne anti-lockdown protest IOM Relocates Over 17,000 People Uprooted by Conflict in Northern Ethiopia to New Shelter Gun-toting Taliban mingle with families and kids at Kabul Zoo Politicians causing security breaches in Kogi — Commissioner Argentina's president reshuffles cabinet after political crisis IOM’s First Psychosocial Counselling Master’s Degree in Nigeria Aims to Benefit Victims of Conflict