Wage Review: Gov. Ododo Assures, we will soon conclude on-going conversation about compensation for civil servants in the state

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***My administration, committed to implementing policies that promotes rights of workers, ensuring dignity in workplace.

***Set up committee to address workers demands.

The administration of Gov. Usman Ahmed Ododo says it recognizes the importance of fair wages, safe working conditions, and social security for every worker.

Gov. Usman Ahmed Ododo made the disclosure at the Workers Day Celebration, held at the Mohammadu Buhari Civic Centre Lokoja, says his administration is committed to implementing policies that promotes the rights of workers and ensuring dignity in the work place.

Gov. Ododo noted that the current minimum wage in Nigeria requires an upward review, assured that very soon, on-going conversation about compensation for civil servants in the state will be concluded, set up a committee to address workers demands.

His administration he disclosed have since commenced government’s contribution to the formal sector enrollment into the state health insurance scheme, with many state civil servants now enrolled.

He said the state government has demonstrated resolve to make funds available for the welfare and wellbeing of the state workforce.

While noting that the State is making steady progress already, said as soon as the revenue base of the State improves, more would be done to keep workers happy and more productive.

” We shall soon extend coverage under the health insurance scheme to the local government level.

” The State free education policy remains on course and payment of Senior Secondary School Examination fees has been fully offset by the state government.

“Our new template for payment of bursary to students in higher institutions has been adjudged to be a step higher in transparency and accountability.

“Our quarterly palliatives has since commenced and we shall not renege on this accord until the economic indices that have pushed our people into hardship improve.

“We have embarked on an aggressive agricultural reform programme that will identify and support genuine farmers with subsidy, secure our farmlands and communities, guarantee food security and make our state a major supplier of food and livestock in the country”.

“Our efforts to revamp Primary Healthcare Centres in the state has received a boost with a commitment to get them on stream in no distant time.

“On-going road projects and other infrastructural projects in the state are receiving adequate attention and we are confident that they will be completed and put to use by the people of our state sooner than later.

“Our efforts in securing lives and property in the state has been roundly successful with increase in the number of boots on the ground across communities, and logistical enhancement as evident by recent deployment of hundreds of security vehicles and motorbikes to security agencies. We are winning the war against crime and we shall continue to step up efforts to make Kogi State completely unsafe for criminals”.




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