Ogun State Governor on Wednesday gave the State workers a parting gift as he approved the immediate payment of all outstanding salary deductions of the workers which run into 18 and 23 months.
Amosun who made the announcement during the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration held at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, the State capital also directed the full payment of the workers’ salary for the month of April 2019 which according to him runs to over N20.2billions without any deduction.
The Governor explained that decision for the approval of the payment was in consonant with his earlier promise that his administration would not leave the State without paying all the workers’ salary deductions which included cooperatives, check-off dues, Christmas and “Ileya shilling funds.”.
It would be recalled the issue of non-remittance of salary deductions and allowances had generated a lot of controversies in recent past, setting the State workforce and government on war path which compelled leadership of the State chapter of the labour union to call out its members on strike.
But addressing highly elated and cheering workers on Wednesday, Amosun assured that members of the State workforce would on Thursday begin to receive bank alerts confirming payments of the money, while their statutory leave balance would follow latest 7 days after, while gratuity will be paid up till year 2018.
The Governor also hinted that he has given approval for the release of the workers’ promotion from year 2015 till year 2017.
He explained that the delay experienced in the release and payments of the deductions and allowances was as a result of the need to also pay the pensioners their entitlements on monthly base.
The Governor however, told the workers not to expect settlements of their contributory pensions, stressing that it was beyond him.
Amosun said originator of the contributory pensions’ scheme ought to have set aside, certain amount of fund before its introduction to the Nigerian workers.
The Governor also promised to address the challenges posed by the contributory pension deductions to the State whenever he receives a refund of N60 billion being cost of the money expended on rehabilitating the federal roads across the State.
Amosun said the Federal government team that visited the State had valued the federal road rehabilitation projects to the tune of N130 billion, but promised to give an initial settlement of N60 billion.
Speaking on the newly approved minimum wage of N30, 000 by the Federal Government, Amosun said his administration has laid a solid foundation for the incoming administration to implement.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Olubunmi Fajobi pleaded with the Governor to evolve a system that would allow workers in the state who, in the course of service, obtained additional professional qualification to enjoy career growth beyond Grade Level 14.