Oyo State government has announced a rise in civil servants’ salaries after a meeting with the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC).
Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday broke the news to workers, who were queuing to board the free Ajumose buses at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
He said the union would brief the workers on the details of the salary increase, adding that the raise range was between 10 and 30 per cent, depending on the grade level of each worker.
Thousands were excited as the news of the salary increment got to civil servants.
This came barely 48 hours after the governor approved the outstanding promotions of teachers.
The governor, who expressed his administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers, added that the 10 Ajumose buses would convey workers free.
He noted that his administration had, since inception, introduced innovations into the civil service to improve the workers’ welfare.
Ajimobi said the salary increment would boost their morale, and enhance their commitment and dedication to duties.
The civil servants prayed for the governor and the success of his administration.
Commenting on the free buses, two civil servants, Mrs. Adejumo Janet and Mr. Iyanda Yekini, praised Ajimobi, stressing that the initiative had saved them money spent on transportation.
A worker, who identified herself simply as Ester, said: “This is novel. We have never had it so good. New things happen successively for the civil servants in the past three years. There is no strike any longer as we used to have in the past because the governor has been doing what the workers asked for, even beyond our expectation.
“We have promotions; no one is sitting over our promotions again. We have free buses to take us to work and drop us at the close of work. We enjoy good relationship with the government – our employer. What else will pitch the workers against the government?
“And now, we were told that we are going to enjoy up to 30 per cent salary increment. We are very happy for this and we shall continue to give all our support to ensure that the governor succeeds.”