The Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, on Monday promised to increase the wages of workers in the state.
Akinbade said his government would ensure job security, stating that workers would be allowed to complete their full term of 35 years of service or attain 60 years of age. He also noted that those in tertiary institutions would enjoy the statutory 65 years of age.
In a statement by his Director of Media, Mr. Kayode Oladeji, the LP candidate pledged that his government would improve the standard of living standard of workers in the state.
“By the special grace of God, under the Labour Party Government in Osun State, we shall ensure that the welfare of workers receive due and prompt attention. Their present minimum wage shall be reviewed upward across board,” the statement read.
He promised that the government would be workers friendly on all fronts by giving them a sense of belonging in the running of the state as stakeholders.
Akinbade noted that issues concerning contributory pension scheme would be jointly handled by government and labour for amicable resolution.
He said, “The civil service would be allowed to perform its statutory responsibilities as against the present system whereby jobs of career civil servants are contracted out to consultants which constitute a drain in the purse of the state.”
According to the former Secretary to the State Government, training and retraining of workers would be given priority, adding that “promotion and advancement of officers including other welfare packages, will be attended to as and when due.”
Concerning outstanding gratuities and pension of retired workers, Akinbade said LP government in the state, would ensure the clearance of the backlog within short time.
He then appealed to residents of the state to support him in the coming election for the realisation of these programmes.