* Releases 290 Vehicles To Ease Transportation.
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has approved N22,000 minimum wage for the state workers as against the N18, 000 recommended by the Federal Government currently being paid to workers in the state. Payment of the newly approved salary takes effect from April 2012.
The National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Alhaji Mohammed Kiri has applauded the development and praised Governor Mimiko for the current infrastructural, economic, human and social turn-around in the State even as he challenged the workers to ensure that good persons remains in office.
Governor Mimiko announced yesterday while speaking at a seminar on “Building Robust Workplace Relationship for Union Executives and Management in the Public Service” organized by the South West Zone of the Nigeria Civil Service Union that he approved the new salary because of his administration’s desire to make life worth living for its workers.
“You will all recall that the Federal Government last August approved the payment of N18, 000 as minimum wage to Nigerian workers. In Ondo State , we started our own from July and today, I want to inform you of my approval last night(Wednesday ), the payment of N22, 000 as minimum wage in Ondo State with effect from April 2012.
“This decision is borne out of my administration’s desire to make life more meaningful to our workers and the masses. In the next few days, the state will hit town with 290 vehicles to ease transportation across the state.
“A new salary scale for workers in the health sector was introduced in the state. Ondo State was the very first state in Nigeria to do so. This new salary structure became necessary because of the premium government placed on the health of our people and the need to reduce mortality rate in our state.” Governor Mimiko said.
He further described the peaceful industrial climate in the state since his assumption of office in 2009 as a product of the robust relationship, peaceful co-existence and understanding between government and labour.
Governor Mimiko however lamented the delay in payment of benefits hitherto experienced by retired Primary School Teachers which led to the death of 20 per cent of them.
“Government paid the outstanding benefits of retired Primary School Teachers and staff of Local Government Service. The benefits were liabilities of the Federal Government settled by the state government. By the time the state government intervened, over 20 per cent of the workers had died waiting for their claims” the governor mentioned.
Reacting to the announcement of the new minimum wage for Ondo workers, the National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Alhaji Mohammed Kiri applauded the development saying “the new minimum wage agreement was not a unilateral one, but a product of collective bargaining.
He described the current infrastructural, economic, human and social turn-around in Ondo State as a challenge for workers to ensure that the good person remains in office.