In line with its commitment to the welfare of its workforce, the Ogun State government has commenced payment of the latest tranche of workers’ co-operative deductions.
This exercise will cover four months for state workers and two months for local government employees, as part of the state government’s monthly support for the third tier of government.
According to a statement, signed by the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Adewale Oshinowo, the state government had pledged to prioritise workers’ entitlements once the finances of the state improved.
“As you well know, the Ibikunle Amosun government is worker-friendly. This informed its decision to increase the salaries of workers which nearly doubled the monthly wage bill in the state. It is a testament to the value this government places on its workforce that it pays the highest salaries to workers in the entire federation,” Oshinowo said.
The Commissioner recalled that when the state government received the Paris Club Refund, it expended the entire sum on workers’ entitlements.
Oshinowo, who described the Civil Service as the engine room of government, solicited its unwavering co-operation in the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State, noting that the improvement in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which has now put the state in a better position to offset part of the deductions, was a product of such co-operation.
He said government would clear the balance of the deductions once the state returned on an even keel financially.
“While we will not abdicate our responsibility to the overwhelming majority of indigenes who are not in the public sector, we will continue to oil the engine of government for smooth operation and enhanced efficiency,” the statement concluded.