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May Day: Fayemi Promises To Prioritise Workers’ Welfare

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Zainab Sanni

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has assured all workers that his administration would prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.

Fayemi gave the assurance in a statewide broadcast in Ado-Ekiti on Friday in commemoration of the 2020 International Workers’ Day celebration with the theme: “COVID-19 Pandemic and its Social Economic Impact on the Nigerian Working Class”.

He said the  pandemic had delayed the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for senior workers in the state.

Fayemi thanked the labour movement in Ekiti State for being  resilient and sacrificial and urged them to be patient with the administration, saying efforts are in the pipeline to make life more bearable for the workers.

“Salaries, pensions and gratuities are being paid as and when due. I am sure you have received your April 2020 salary and all allowances due to our health workers who are at the frontline of COVID-19 response have been paid.

“We continue to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage for junior cadre in the public service and have reinstated merit based appointments to elevate the standards of the public service.”

Fayemi, also approved financial assistance for bedridden, vulnerable and widows in the civil service to assuage their sufferings.

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“I have accepted the list submitted by the leadership of organized labour, Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress with details of most vulnerable, sick, those that involved in accident, widows and widowers and approved money for them as a little leverage of government support in commemoration of this years May Day.

“As a government, we are determined to play our part at making work and its environment conducive for Ekiti workers. This, we believe is the only way that we can inspire our workers to give in their best in the implementation of policies and programmes of our government,” he said.

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