…NLC, TUC express trust in Gov Makinde
Oyo State Government and the Organised Labour on Wednesday reached an agreement on the N30,000 minimum wage passed into law by the Federal Government in 2019.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the pact was reached following a meeting between the State government’s delegation and the organized Labour.
The new Minimum wage according to the agreement takes effect from January 2020.
Secretary to the Government of Oyo State (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, who chaired the State’s Minimum Wage Implementation Committee, broke the news of the pact reached between Labour and Oyo State Government Wednesday evening.
She said: “We have just signed an agreement and the highlight of the agreement signed is that the least paid worker in Oyo State will earn over N30,000 monthly, in agreement with the minimum wage signed at the federal level.
“We also agreed with our colleagues all on the table here on the consequential adjustment required as a result of that minimum wage, which has also been agreed and reached.”
She added: “We just reached a landmark point in the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde today. In the past few weeks, you would probably have been aware that we have been negotiating based on the agreement reached at the federal level on the minimum wage and the consequential adjustment for the workers in Oyo State.
“It has been a long process because we have had to look deeply into the books and all the factors required to ensure that even as we sign this agreement today, we get an agreement that is sustainable, agreeable and affordable for the Government and the people of Oyo State.
“So, I am happy to let all of us know that an agreement has been reached. It has been a lot of discussions, suggestions and innovative ideas on how we can move Oyo State to truly become the Pacesetter State that it is meant to be in the last few weeks.”
In their joint response to the new agreement, the organized Labour expressed satisfaction with the new agreement, noting the details of the consequential adjustment appear a good starting point, given the resources available to the State.
The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, stated that the agreement reached, would see the least paid worker in the State earn N30,000 while the matter of consequential adjustment was agreed based on the financial strength of the State.
“We all looked at the books and what our State was generating monthly. The least paid worker in the State will earn N30,000 but what we regard as consequential adjustments, we cannot follow the model from the Federal Government, because we had to cut our coats according to our sizes,” he said.
He added that the agreement came after collective bargaining and due consideration for the resources available to the State to best of the workers’ knowledge, noting that the Government had also promised to meet with the organized Labour every three months to consider the State’s resources.
Titilola-Sodo, who noted that the organized Labour has trust in the Governor to keep his words unlike the previous administration, which he said made similar promise but reneged, said: “I will say that we finally arrived at an agreement after a series of meetings and collective bargaining. I will not say it is the best for the state but it is a good starting point, given the resources available to the state to the best of our knowledge.
“The implementation is immediate. The government has agreed to start the implementation even from January but it will be paid in full in February and the arrears for January will be paid with March salary.”
On whether the issue of consequential adjustment might cause disagreement among the workforce, Titilola-Sodo said: “But we also agreed that we would be looking at the books regarding the earnings of the State. There is another meeting coming up in the next three months and it is our belief that the Government of Governor Makinde will not be like the Government of some people, who promised that we would have this kind of meeting but reneged.
“So far, Governor Makinde has not made a promise to us and failed, so this gives us the confidence that we will all sit together with the government in the next three months to look at the situation of things. We will ensure that the agreement is not in vain.”
Is Lagos Govt also targeting Uber drivers? check this out
Barely a week after the shocking ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles, including bike hailing rides. Lagos State is reportedly gearing up to clampdown on taxi-hailing companies while implementing laws for commercial drivers.
Drivers of the various ride-hailing platforms are currently being targeted by the state as their vehicles are being impounded.
Some commercial drivers of these ride-hailing companies have also been reportedly arrested as the Lagos government is said to be enforcing ‘necessary’ laws against them.
According to a Guardian report, one of these laws requests that commercial vehicle drivers, including those on the ride-hailing platforms, must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) before they can operate in the state.
This certification by LASDRI is mandatory for all professional drivers in Lagos and is to be re-certified once every year, an official of the Lagos Vehicle Inspection Services said. The official added that they are to have what’s called a “hackney permit.”
A driver whose car was impounded shared:
“My car was impounded last week and I was asked to pay N60,000 into the government’s account before it could be released to me.”
Another official from the VIS said Uber is yet to pay an operator license fee to the state government.
“You need to have what we call operator license, which Uber was supposed to pay to the government. Uber has no operator license.”
Also, drivers on ride-hailing platforms are required to change their vehicle registration to commercial.
At this point, we can only keep our fingers crossed and see how things pan out in the following weeks.
Why there is blackout in Oyo State—Energy Commissioner
Oyo State Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Seun Ashamu, has given reasons for the near total blackout experienced by the people of the State from the early hours of Wednesday, February 5.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Commissioner as saying that the early morning inferno at the facility of the Transition Company of Nigeria (TUC) in Ayede, Ibadan caused the unfortunate disruption.
The Commissioner stated: “In the early morning of Wednesday, February 5, the TCN 150MVA 330/132 kV transformer located at Ayede, Ibadan caught fire.
“Oyo State Fire Service was on hand with others to contain the fire. As a result, there will not be power in the State while assessment of the cause of the blaze and any further damage is investigated.”
The statement added that the Honourable Commissioner for Energy, Oyo State, Ashamu, had visited the location along with top officials of TCN and the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
The statement assured that power should be restored to some parts of the State in the evening of Wednesday while the entire State should start enjoying power supply within 48 hours.
POLICE ARREST PROTESTING OKADA RIDERS IN LAGOS
The Lagos State Police, arrested twenty four suspects causing obstruction at the major roads in Ijora, today. The Lagos State Police command said it received a distress call that some hoodlums in large members armed with cutlasses, suspected to be okada riders and thugs blocked some major roads around Ijora Oloye, Amusu, Ijora 7up, Ijora under bridge, Sifa junction and Gaskiya fanfare area all within Ijora Badia division.
The hoodlums were said to have caused obstruction on the roads, burning tyres , looting and stealing from unsuspected road users.
Police officers from Ijora Badia Area B Command and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants were promptly deployed to the scenes. The situation was brought under control. The obstructions were cleared for free flow of traffic while no life was lost.
The police said investigations are still ongoing, and the suspects will be charged to Court.