By Nofisat Marindoti
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has stated that the civil service is an integral part of government whose functions cannot be over emphasized.
The Governor said ths during the 2018 May Day celebration for workers in the State on Tuesday.
According to him, “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 Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, State of Osun Chapter, Comrade Jacob Adekomi and the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Adekola Adebowale, appreciated the Governor’s kindness towards the workers.
They added that the Governor has been able to achieve great things in the State through the help of the workers.
Highlights of the event included match past from the civil servants in various sectors.