The State Government of Osun has welcomed its workforce to the first full working week of the New Year 2018.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa in Osogbo on Sunday, the government appreciates the sacrifice, steadfastness and support for the government despite the minor labour dispute that ended the outgone year.
Read the full statement below:
Osun Govt Welcomes Workers to Service, Calls for Efficiency, Support
The government of the State of Osun welcomes the workers in the state civil service to work in the first full working week of the New Year. The government also wishes the workers a prosperous and fulfilling year 2018, just as we wish everybody a healthy period of service. Last week was merely a preparatory for full activities, thus, the government welcomes back the workers fully to work.
We want to appreciate the workers for their sacrifice, steadfastness and support for the administration of our amiable Governor Rauf Aregbesola; we specifically acknowledged and commend their understanding and faith in the current administration, the result of which was the calling off of the three days industrial action last year.
The government wishes to state, in line with the position of the labour unions in the state, that there is no more strike, and that workers have resumed work since January 2. Workers and members of the public should disregard the rumour being circulated on social media that workers should go back on strike because the government is yet to meet their demands.
We wish to put on record that the government has approved 90 per cent of the demands of the workers and that was responsible for the calling off of the strike on December 29, 2017. The administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very much committed to the welfare of the workers and that of the pensioners and is doing everything humanly possible to make sure that they enjoy their years of service.
The government, therefore, calls on the workers to resume at their various duties tomorrow (Monday). We urge the workers to put in their best in the service and support government on its efforts at generating Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to be able to run government comfortably.
Without the cooperation of the workers, government cannot generate sufficient IGR; and we all know that this is a time to embark on aggressive IGR collection. Lagos State earns N1bn daily on tax payment. If the people of Osun state pay their tax as well as their dues, Osun will earn #5bn monthly.
No government can survive without the payment of tax, so, we plead with the workers to support this tax collection drive.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy
State of Osun