OYO State Governor-elect Seyi Makinde has been advised to cut the cost of governance to enable him to implement the N30,000 minimum wage for the state government’s workers.
The advice was given by the Oyo State chapter of the Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) in a statement by its chairman, Oluseye Smith, yesterday.
Stressing that Oyo State workers deserve the new wages, which their counterparts in other states would receive, the party advised the incoming governor to embark on a number of cost-cutting measures to free funds for the new wages.
The measures suggested include the reduction of the number of political appointees, plugging of leakages in the finances of the government and introduction of radical reforms.
According to the JMPP, Makinde’s administration should also bring innovation to governance and embrace technology to drive governance structure to improve ease of doing business to attract investors.
The party explained that the economy of the state revolves around the purchasing power of workers, hence the minimum wage’s strategic importance.
It read in part: “The JMPP hereby reminds the Governor-elect Makinde that to whom much is given, much is expected. The massive votes he got during the last gubernatorial election were largely due to votes from workers in the state. The micro-economy of the state revolves around the purchasing power of the workers. The minimum wage, if implemented, will have a multiplier effect and will go a long way in alleviating poverty and hardship being experienced by the people in the state.”
The party noted that “re-enforcement of the same failed old policies of the past (relying on federal allocation) must be downgraded while the mechanism is should be put in place to shore up Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.”
Makinde had criticised the fixing of the new minimum wage, saying states should have been allowed to fix its own wages based on individual strength. He promised to set up a committee that will dialogue with the workers immediately after his swearing-in.
Source: By Bisi Oladele