Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has stated that his administration had prioritised workers’ welfare in the last 44 months, saying he has ensured that no worker was sacked since his assumption of office.
He stated this during the 2023 Inter-faith Service, held at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, on Monday.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor also ordered the immediate payment of two months’ salary deductions to the workers.
The governor said he had also ensured that no worker was unjustly dismissed from work, adding that his administration is built on fairness, equity and justice.
He said, “My administration has employed a good number of health workers as well as 5,000 teachers, and I will continue to prioritise the welfare of the workers in the state.”
While speaking on the salary structure of the State House of Assembly workers, the governor said his administration would find means of paying the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure, within the resources available to the state.
The governor said, “We promised to look after the welfare of our people; the civil servants and also the people of the state. I will mention one or two things we have done, which are deliberate.
“For 44 months, we did not sack any individual; rather, we brought back those who were wrongfully dismissed without collecting anything. We worked based on fairness, equity and justice.
“We employed 5,000 teachers and 500 health officers. Though there are still a few people that are yet to be brought back into the system, it was not this administration that dismissed those individuals but we have to look at the documents on the ground. If they had accused someone of theft, would I bring the person back into the system? No. So, those we brought back were those we were satisfied with their documentation.
“Another major issue that the labour unions brought up is that of deductions. I can assure you that it will also be addressed within days.”
Earlier, the state Head of Service, Amidat Agboola, pledged the continued support of the civil servants to the government and called for dedication from the workers.