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NLC distances Osun Govt. from non-implementation of minimum wage

By Idowu Abdullahi

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has distanced Governor Gboyega Oyetola-led Osun State Government from non-implementation of the new national minimum wage, saying the state had already begun paying the N30,000 wage to workers under its employment.

The workers’ body hinted that media report that listed Osun among states in the country that were yet to implement the new national minimum wage was faulty and that contrary to the reports, civil servants in the state are already enjoying the new wage benefits.

NLC Chairman, Osun State Chapter, Jacob Adekomi, said that the Oyetola-led administration had since implemented the national minimum wage and that the state was among those that have implemented the federal government benchmark payment for civil servants.

Through a statement on Friday, Adekomi described the reports as malicious and misleading, stressing that there was no time at the meeting referred to in the reports that Osun was mentioned among states that were yet to implement the minimum wage.

According to him, the media report is not only malicious but misleading because the state council of NLC duly represented in the Meeting and there was no time that States that had not started implementing Minimum Wage was mentioned. This is verifiable through the communique released at the end of the NEC- in session.

“Therefore, the reports should be discarded and thrown into the dustbin because it does not emanated from the National Headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress,” the statement reads in part.

Adekomi said that workers in Osun appreciate Oyetola for approving the implementation of the new minimum wage and annual salary increment for them.

“The state has moved beyond the issue of Minimum Wage for now and we are awaiting other largesses promised the workers via the agreements signed between the Government and Joint Labour Force in the State.

“We shall continue to appreciate all the good workers in the State for their support, perseverance and commitment during the time past,” he added.

It would be recalled that Oyetola had in October 2020 approved the payment of minimum wage to civil servants in the state beginning from November 1, 2020.

He also lifted the embargo on annual salary increment, promotion, and conversion, which he said, was in fulfillment of his administration’s pledge to give the welfare of workers the deserved attention.

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