PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR: The reforms and strategic intervention in the public service have been instrumental to the gains that the State has recorded in terms of overall citizens’ welfare and improvement of the standard of living of the citizen.
On assumption of office, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola commenced the prompt payment of full salaries and pensions as opposed to the half salary payment by the previous Administration since 2014. Even when the Coronavirus pandemic was at its peak, Governor Oyetola neither slashed salaries nor laid off workers.
Also, 962 workers who were previously demoted for committing administrative infractions were pardoned and their demotion reversed by the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola-led Administration.
More laudable was the approval and immediate implementation of minimum wage for workers, lifting of ban on annual salary increment and embargo placed on promotion and conversions as a way to motivate workers in the delivery of stellar services and to enhance productivity.
The minimum wage implementation followed the perusal of the recommendations of the Government-Labour Committee which was set up by the governor to work out modalities for the resolution of issues relation to workers’ welfare in the state. Also, from inception to date, the Oyetola Administration has spent over N35 billion to pay pensions and gratuities, including presenting bond certificates to the retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme.
As an act of appreciation, workers at the State Secretariat, Abere, trooped out en masse the next day for a “thank you” walk with the governor from the gate to his office at the Bola Ige House, also within the premises of the secretariat, in November last year.