Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has stated that the civil service is an integral part of government whose functions cannot be over emphasized.

The governor said this during the 2018 May Day celebration of workers in the state on Tuesday.

“Without workers, there can be no government, it is inconceivable that any government can function without workers. I salute the civil service, it is the most viable instrument for implementing government programmes. I thank you and appreciate your support, loyalty, sacrifices and steadfastness. I salute every worker in the State of Osun.

“Our programmes have only been made possible with the support of the workers and I urge you to work with my successor too. Government come and go but the civil service remains. I urge you to support the government.

“You are the civil service, your duty is to service the people. As hard as it has been, very few government can compare with us. Only four States in the federation have good insurance scheme for workers and Osun is one of the States. We take issues of the workers very seriously. Our aim is to satisfy our workers.”

Aregbesola also revealed that plans are ongoing to increase the workers minimum wage, adding that workers in the State would also be promoted when due.

“Workers will now be promoted and moved to the next level as at when due, we will also increase the minimum wage but I urge the workers to be productive too, each person must have surplus and support the government by paying taxes, levies and rates. What we have been doing in the past years is to spend the money we did not earn.”he added.

In their separate addresses, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Osun Chapter, Comrade Jacob Adekomi and the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Adekola Adebowale, appreciated the Governor’s kindness towards the workers.

Some of the workers who spoke to Bounce News called on government at all levels to improve the welfare of the labour force.

Top on their demand list is the call to increase the minimum wage from N18,000 to N66,500.

Bosun Babatunde called on Gov Aregbesola to stop the payment of modulated salary to some categories of workers and pensioners in the state.

He noted that all categories of workers should begin to collect their full salaries and other emoluments after they had sacrificed part of their salaries for over two years.

Wale Ogidan wants the government to remit contributory pension deductions from workers’ salaries to their pension fund administrators so that the essence of the pension scheme would not be defeated.