The Oyo State Government has met with representatives of labour unions on the implementation of the thirty thousand naira new minimum wage in the state. The meeting, which held at the state secretariat in Ibadan, had in attendance representatives of the state government, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 18 signed the N30,000 new minimum wage bill into law, directing that implementation takes immediate effect. The unions had in the letter requested for a meeting with the state government on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in the state.
They urged the state government to put necessary machinery in action for immediate implementation of the new national minimum wage in the state with effect from April.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, who led the government team, expressed optimism over implementation of the new wage in the state. Alli said that the state was awaiting a formal and enabling directive from the Head of Service of the Federation to proceed on the implementation of the new wage.
The unions’ chairmen urged the state government to regularly keep in touch with the Federal Government for the enabling directive. They said such action would place the state among the first to implement the new minimum wage. They said their prayer at the meeting was for the implementation of the new minimum wage across all levels.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State has countered calls that the outgoing administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi should leave negotiation over the new minimum wage to the incoming administration of governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde.
In a statement by its publicity secretary, Dr Abdulazeez Olatunde, the party held that the Ajimobi administration is still in power and has the right to open discussion with the leadership of the union.