Oyo Governorship Candidates Unite On Minimum Wage
One thing that workers in Oyo state should be happy about is that their pay will not be a problem, no matter who emerges as the next governor of the state.
Alao Akala, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, Adebayo Adelabu and Bolanle Sarumi Aliyu, all vying for the seat of the governor of Oyo state have vowed to pay the 30,000 naira minimum wage to the civil servants if elected.
The candidates, speaking on Friday at the governorship debate organised by the British Broadcasting Cooperation Yoruba, BBC Yoruba, all agreed and made the promise.
Only the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and the Zenith Labour Party candidates Alhaji Sarafadeen Olalekan Ali were absent.
The Action Democratic Party candidate Otunba Alao Akala reminded the audience of his first tenure as governor of the state and how workers in the state all enjoyed good welfare.
"I gave priority to the issue related to civil servants in the state, people and civil servants in the state were all leaving well during my days as a governor, I don't want civil servants to go on strike, hence I will have to give them their salaries as at when due," he said.
The only woman among the candidate at the debate, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi Aliyu of National Interest Party (NIP) had a more interesting view of the matter.
She believes the 30,00 naira is not enough for the upkeep of a man working for 30 days if Nigeria expects them to feed well, dress well and look good.
"I will pay 30,000 naira to the workers and not only that, I will give them adequate support on their health and that of their family, I will give their children education support so that little 30,000 will be at least okay to sustain them," Sarumi said.
Adebayo Adelabu and Sen. Femi Lanlehin also agreed to pay 30,000 naira to the civil servant if they are given the chance to rule the state.
The debate held at the Emeritus Professor Ogunlesi Hall University Teaching Hospital Ibadan, where all the major parties were in attendance with their supporters.
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