Palliatives: Gov. Oyebanji meets Organised Labour

The Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, on Thursday directed a three-man committee of the State Government to meet with the leadership of Organised Labour to finalise proposals for palliative measures aimed at cushioning the effect of the subsidy removal on the citizens. 

The committee and the leaders of Organised Labour were given one week to report back to the Governor.

It is after that Oyebanji will then make a formal pronouncement on the options that are considered implementable.

In attendance at the meeting were the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olatunde Kolapo; Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Sola Adigun; Chairman of the Joint negotiating Committee, Comrade Babatope Ajoloko; and other officials of the unions.

The Government’s three-man committee is made up of the State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Akin Oyebode (Chairman); Head of Service, Bamidele Agbede; and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani.

Governor Oyebanji said government alone could not take the decision on palliative measures, hence the involvement of the leadership of organised labour. 

He added that the palliative measures to be put in place would also take care of pensioners and people in the informal sector of the economy.

The Governor, at the meeting, also commended the leadership of labour unions in the state as well as the citizens for their understanding, stressing that the government is determined to ease the pains occasioned by the subsidy removal.

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