Oyebanji Commits to Sustaining Wage Award

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has assured Ekiti workers of the willingness and enthusiasm of Ekiti State Government to implement the imminent new minimum wage once the Federal Government approves the new wage.

Further assuring workers of support pending the finalisation of discussions at the federal level, the governor pledged that workers in Ekiti will continue benefiting from the N15,000 wage award to cushion the effect of inflation. The governor also mentioned that the State Government had recently employed about 20,000 jobseekers without compromising on assisting workers through conditional cash grants and other palliatives.

Oyebanji gave these assurances at a rally marking the 2024 edition of the May Day celebration at Ekiti Parapo Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti where he revealed that the State Government has increased wages and made consequential adjustments for workers on Grade 13 and above while also paying deductions to cooperatives.

Speaking about the current fuel scarcity, the Governor empathised with the workers and revealed that the government is working relentlessly to increase PMS supply to the state. He also appealed to petrol marketers to consider the general populace’s interest and quit hoarding and indiscriminate price hikes.

The labour leaders commended Oyebanji for increasing subventions to all tertiary institutions, approving the wage award for pensions, effecting deductions to cooperatives, extending palliatives to workers, and for the timely payment of salaries. The Union leaders also sought the recapitalisation of the housing and car loan for workers because it has not been recapitalised for 20 years and the extant maximum amount is N750000.

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