Osun State Emerges Best In Nigeria As It Approves N19,001 As Minimum Wage

The Osun State Government, yesterday, surprised its workers by approving N19, 001 for the least paid worker in the state. The contentious National Minimum Wage Act provides for N18;000 minimum. A statement by the state’s Director, Bureau of Communications & Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said the implementation of the new wage had taken effect with the…”
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August 30, 2011 12:14 pm
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The Osun State Government, yesterday, surprised its workers by approving N19, 001 for the least paid worker in the state.

The contentious National Minimum Wage Act provides for N18;000 minimum.

A statement by the state’s Director, Bureau of Communications & Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said the implementation of the new wage had taken effect with the government executing the Minimum Wage Law for workers on Levels 01 to 07.

The N19,001 minimum wage exceeds the N18,000 minimum wage prescribed by the Minimum Wage Law recently enacted by the Federal Government which makes Osun State one of the highest paying of the 36 states.

Okanlawon also said  the government at the negotiation table also approved substantial raise in the salaries of other grade levels.

He said the government  approved additional N7,429,50 for workers from Levels 8 to 10; N6,611 for workers on Levels 12 to 14 while N5,096.40 had been added to salaries of workers on Levels 15 to 17.

In the statement, the government reassured the workers’ representatives that government was poised to ensure that workers in the state emerge the best paid throughout the country.

The government promised to review salaries as soon as the Internally Generated Revenue of the State improves.

The government also reminded workers of the plan to set up the Salaries and Wages Commission which will fix salaries and wages of workers according to the increase in the financial fortunes of the state.

Osun State has  workforce of less than 45,000 of which 21,000 are civil servants and about 20,000 special employees under the state’s employment generation scheme, OYEES.

Sources also put the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, at close to N300 million a month

44 Comments

PRAISE BE TO GOD OSUN IS THE BEST……..WE THANK YOU MR GOVERNOR MORE POWER TO YOUR ELBOW

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GOD WILL REWARDS OUR AMIABLE AND CONCERNED GOVERNOR RAUF AREGBESOLA. REMEMBER SIR THAT THIS VIRTUE OF URS WILL EARN U A GREAT RECOGNITION BEFORE UR SERVING GOD. NEITHER RELENT NOR LOOSE HOPE NO MATTER WHAT ENEMY OF PROGRESS SAYS OR DOES. GOD BLESS OSUN STATE, GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

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AKIN AKINJINMI (USA)

I LOVE THIS. MY APPEAL TO LABOUR LEADERS IS TO PLEASE TAKE THIS FOR NOW AND IN FUTURE WE WILL SING` ALUTA CONTINUA` AGAIN. OUR ELDERS SAY=== AKO SAPO LOBINRIN MAA N KO OWO. i SALUTE THE GOVERNOR, THE LABOUR UNIONS, THE POLITICIANS AND THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF OSUN STATE FOR THE MATURED WAYS EVERYTHING WAS HANDLED. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. OSUN A DARA O

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ishola husain

Thank u once again your excellence may God continue to guide u. You are making me proud

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I thanks God that Gov Aregbesola has taken a step ahead of others .

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    I AM NOW CONVINCED THAT MR GOVERNOR is A ViSIONARY LEADER WHO KNOW WHERE THE SHOE PINCHES.ITS A STEP WHORT COMENDING.CARRY ON.

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Let da truth be told dis is still d WORST ever salary OSUN still pay to his workers. If its going 2 be 19000 it should be accross d board, and if its going 2 be 18000 then it should be accross d board, let government stop decievin dis people and stop playing pranks, because what they are fighting for is not only because of themselves but for d unborn children. If osun pays 19000 or 18000 accross d board then i wil accept and agreed osun state emerge as the best state in nigeria.

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    Ogaade dont be an ingrate,we need 2 thank God 4 d little change dat we ave in our state.Hw a state like osun wll pay 19000 accross d board or r u nt osun indigen?Pls lets help him in praya.

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    @Tunde you are a blind fool like you people. Your presence is not needed here.

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    i never knew people with high level of intelligence like u still dey dis country.

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Great news! Bravo to our Governor and co. Now let us get back to work, Osun state needs all of us!!

OSUN A DARA!!!

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Luvsaint…..MR AREGBE thank u oooo, u surprise people of osun on issue of dis salary….thanx for make us happy…,.God wil reward u.

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Ademola Adebayo I.

But seriously, why are we all happy? This is very bad for our people tö be clamouring on. Why limiting thë minimum wage tö Low Level Workers? My Mum is a Level 14 Primary School Teacher with lot of Loans ahead of her. If my Beloved Governor want tö make it fair salary, it should be for all thë Levels. Am not anti-aregbe or whatever you may call it and am supporting good things.

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    If your Mum is a level 14 teacher, then those that are at level 1 should feed themselves abi? And what about those the are not yet employed? You are not objective and you are a selfish bloody fellow

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Those you that are praising Aregbe need to know the details of his polical 19000 naira. I know that God will do Aregbe like what He(God) did to Saul.

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    @solagbade and God will do you life the way Obasanjo has turned Nigeria to and probably your whole family

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Qudos 2 our govnor of osun state in person of Mr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola 4 wat u ave done 4 our workas in osun state.As mata of fact u cant satisfy all bt contineu to do ur n leaf d rest 4 God 2 handu.Yoruba use 2 say dat ‘Kosi bi ase fe rin ti ori koni mi’Omu mi ranti orin ti gov manko ”Asese bere o ani kin’letiiri o,asese bere kin’letiiri asimagokesini toribi giga laye t’awa o sure ju pe t’alantakun obaku latibi dedo oma tun ta’kun lo sado titi lo wado awaye asima tawue lo”

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Nigerians love to be deceived, why? Maybe most of those agreeing with this headline are youngsters who do not know what the elderly ones are facing. This headline is faulty, why would you rate Osun the best, when the salary is not paid across board. I know that there is money in this state let us stop deceiving the masses, pay them the wage due to them and do not eat from other peoples’ sweat at least your fellow politicians in the house and other positions are earning huge amounts of money based on falsehood. If you want total committment from all and sundry, pay them and stop giving excuses, it is not your property. To my fellow Nigerians stop attacking peoples’ opinion and mind your use of language.

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AKIN AKINJINMI (USA)

I AM NOW APPEALING TO THE EMINENT PEOPLE OF NIGERIA ESPECIALLY OUR OSUN STATE. WE NEED TO RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO PUBLIC OPINION IN RELATION TO THE EXPRESION OF OUR PERSONAL VIEW ON NATIONAL ISSUES. WE ARE INDIVIDUALS OF DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES AND UNDERSTANDING AND AS A RESULT, OUR VIEWS AND APPROACHES TO ISSUES AND DEBATE MUST DIFFER. THE IDEA OF CALLING EACH OTHER NAMES OR USING NEGATIVE WORDS FOR EACH OTHER WHILE REACTING TO COMMENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE WORLD MARKET (INTERNET) SOUNDS VERY MUCH DEBASIVE. LET US LEARN TO CORRECT ONE ANOTHER THROUGH POSITIVE AND MATURED APPROACH. I ENJOY READING PEOPLES COMMENTS AND I LEARN A LOT THROUGH THEM ON DAILY BASIS. I APPREACITE YOU ALL AND I COMMEND YOUR EFFORTS. YOU ARE ALL JUST TOO INSPIRATIONAL, KUDOSSSSSSSSSS.

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@kamal and ajisekola, i’m not a anti- aregbe or whatever so stop acting like a pain in d ass. Is al about public opinion and i don’t wat 2 be decieved by al wat i read frm d source al i care about is the table in which they were 2 pay dis salary and al that. 4rm there u can judge me if i’m right. I’m nt a blnd illitrate disgustin reader! Guys be wise nd don’t be deceived.

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    @tunde, of course you are not anti-Aregbe but you are anti-Osun people. Think before posting

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I am more than happy Mr Governor because enemy has been saying some naughty words out of there stupid mouth. Thank u Mr governor we are still with u in Ogbaagbaa osun state.

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Dont mind dat guy. He is an ingrate 2 d mankind creator, so wot do u expect of him.

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Ogeni Aregbe has tried, but the labour unions need to look into and call off the strike for prosperity sake

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Jc oloruntoba

Why people in osun state are full of ingreat? They never appreciate good things how they will appreciate their creator for what he has done in their life.some people are jobless in the state to feed theirselves they found it difficult and level 14 are loadging useless complained.don’t let your personal interest affected the interest of the citizen.

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I wonder why an average Nigerians will see a truth and deliberately deny it, is it because we are black? Ogbeni Rauf claim to approve 19000 dat has little or no different to old scale 4rm level 7 and above. B/4 anybody make comment on dis site they should go and see 18000 approved by Ogun state govt..

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4 me i give kudos 2 mr gov but he need 2 put more effort may God be protected him in all circumstances.

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Bayo Omolola

Nigeria is yet to get things right. What is the purchasing power of naira? Will the new minimum wage give reliefs to its earners? How long will the reliefs last with those who may earn the new income? How about inflation? What is the minimum price of cement? How much is a lorry load of sand? How much does it take to feed and dress a primary school child? We need to ask our government several questions. Are there no better ways to make the lives of ordinary people better? Of course, there are. Osun State and other states in Nigeria need to do better. The Federal Government of Nigeria needs to do better. Both layers of government should search for reliable experts, not selfish individuals and fraudsters pretending to be honest while they have under their robes their hands of looters. A Yoruba meaningful expressions goes as follows: “Ounjẹ ti a n fun ẹru, ki i se pe ki o le sanra; ki o ma baa ku ni.” In Nigeria today, with cost of basic, people earning twenty thousand will live like a church or mosque rat- unable to have minimum comfort. I hope leaders will be considerate and do a better job.

Readers, please note even though I feel Rauf Aregbẹṣọla needs to do more than what he has done on minimum wage, I strongly commend him for showing other states and the Federal Government of Nigeria that Nigerians deserve a better treatment income-wise.

Besides better incomes, timely payment is ideal. I hope Nigerian workers can have earning every two weeks so that they do not have to wait for long to get something in their pockets, so that they can be free from Rẹmi Ọlabanji’s “Guguru pẹrẹ, ẹpa pẹrẹrẹ” concept of educated Nigerians.

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Toluwani ejigbo

I think a lot of people have been brain-washed by dis aregbe, coz nobody would give kudos 2 dis man 4 dis kind of thing. D minimum wage is a law which states 18000 should be paid across board, so he should not decieve us by saying 19001 would be paid 4rm level 1-7. To d best of my knowledge no newly employed university graduate falls in dat category, so why appreciatn him, moreover hospitals ave bin closed since jan, tertiary institutions since july and workers on strike 4 almost a month which have accounted 4 great economic losses, so why are we praising him 4 been called by an ACN newspaper d best government in nigeria, wha did u expect dem 2 say coz he who pays d piper determines d tune. 2 me dis is d worst government in d present political dispensatn and i know surely dat time would tell

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    Toluwani,se dem put wire for your neck and draw you come this place to read news? Must you come here? Even if this government havent done anything,it doesnt fit into your mouth. You this pdp thug

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I thougt this govt is going to be serious minded, lately i realised that it is a “baba suwe” like approach of govt. Who is fooling who, ogbeni says there is no money in Osun state & at the same time Osun state is one of the state that paid highest salary to her workers now, what an irony. I learnt one of the children of Ogbeni just graduated as a medical doctor in UAE, let him come to Asubiaro hopital in Osogbo to work since Osun state pay workers higher than other states. Mr governor you & your party are fast loosing the goodwill you’ve gotten since the days of Oranmiyan movement. Pay workers accross board. You can fool some people but not all people at the same time. To people who comment earlier i respect your views but pls let us investigate & have our facts on issues before commenting on them. OSUN A DARA O.

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Everybody has his or her own right.The issue of #18,000 minimum wage is the civil servant’s right across d nation. For aregbesola to pay #19001 to level 1-7, is the act of stealing osun state workers right by political trick.We volte 4 him thinking that there wil b a changes but everything is still the same. When Chief Bisi Akande refuse to pay workers and sack them, another governor pay it and call all the sacked workers back. Don’t decieve the wkers. Remember that “Pasan ti a fi na Oyinlola ati egbe PDP owa ni tosi ooo”.

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Let’s call spade a spade, at least Mr Aregbesola, Rauf has done something worth of noticing by commiting himself to paying the state employees better than the federal govt.’s proposal. He is to be encouraged to continuing in this path and not to be discouraged. Even though, those people in the house are earning fat payments but the governor still put people of Osun State into consideration. We should all know that one thousand milles start at a point .Nobody is perfect but God(Allah, SWT). The advanced Countries worked together with encouragements despites their difference opinions individually, that’s why they are now called developed nations. Hence, let’s encourage those, like Mr Aregbesola who shows sign of considerations and inclusives for the people of the state he governs. Togetherness we can do it. So, Mr Aregbesola, Rauf keep the flag flying sky is the limit. The fair politicians that I know off, protect and preserve their names and not the money nor the property they acquired, afterall we came to this life with nothing same way we will leave. My advise for Mr Aregbesola, Rauf is to make use of all these negative and postive feed- backs and come up with postive actions.Olorun a ti e lehin , Osun agbe e o.

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In addition to my above comment ,”Truly, nothing is hidden from Allah, in the earth or in the heaven”. Quran 3 verse 5 . Nigerians united we stand. Bye for now.

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At least there is enough money to travel to Saudi for humura with His entourage and all approved estacodes, next will be Hajj, then UK, America, Europe etc. All these avoidable expenses can contribute towards paying the minimum wage across board and also to the development of Osun state.

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aregbesola is in saudi arabia seeking treatment. the man is sick and the ACN are covering him up. he doesnt know anything about the affair of he state and all his advisers are trying to use ogboju to waylay innocent workers. people of osun, tomorrow wednesday, go to the government office and demand to see ur governor face to face. have u guys notice that for the past few months he always send people to where he suppose to go. sending his deputy to hold meeting with bishops, alfas, kings with union leaders instead of him at the meeting, sending his deputy to hold meeting with ajimobi, governor of oyo state. at the end of the day, the press secretary will say he has something important to do. what is more important than the affair of your state?. last month they said he was at the lesser hajj, the fact is he was at Medina before the beginning of lesser hajj and he is still there cos he is sick. king Fahd hospital in Medina is known for treating important people with deadly diseases. that is why ajimobi was with him in other to connect with the mayor of medina as we can see from the picture the stupid newspaper posted few weeks back. ajimobi is back from medina, the question is what is aregbesola still doing there? ACN think they are better than other party but the fact is they are group of 419 and thieves. see what happen to lagos state speaker? a prominent 419 in USA with two convictions. tell me who is fooling who. aregbesola is a liar, a thief and a sick bastard and god will punish from earth to hell for deceiving the people of the state of the living spring. AREGBESOLA MUST GO!!!

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i think our gr8est problem in osun state is ignorant, i dont why some people are praising him instead of looking inwardly at his N19,001 minimum wage proposal, i think the extra N1 just explain it as just a mockery on the workers

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wale omo oba

“The end will justify the means”,if Aregbe isdoing well or not as events unfold we will see.
I would like to advise Ajisekola to stick to his views and opinions, it is not gentlemanly nor morally ok to abuse people because their views are different from yours.

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By their comments u shall know dem;verily their agents of falsehood and retrogression in this room. As 4 me gov aregbe has done something worthwhile even if his critics and enemy will never succum.@salawe and seeni,aregbe has always being in saudi arabia even b4 he became gov,moreover he is not sick as the rumour mongers are saying..However,i’ll advice anybody dat will comment here 2 think very well inorder not to incure God’s wrath on ya self.THANK U

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oladimeji najimu

hello aregbe, all the student see ur effort in osun state,( god bless u). but i want u to no that most of workers in osun state is (P D P) i want u try ur best to cut off the strike lecturer, the tin that deceive all the lecturer is reducing of school fees that u reduced, but all the student in osun state appreciate it, osun state student is too much than lecturer, student is the vote that u need, plz cut off strike becos of student, the strike delay most of student, if u do it for all student u are the best governor in osun state, all the people think that they we destroy ur government god we punished all of them, (every where u are going God we guide u) (AMEN)

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Nigerians are ingrate,osun state people is not an exception,if dat is not d case y will ppl be condemning ogbeni for implementing 19001 minimum wages,.ogbeni ride on……..dey critisize Jesus and muhammad.Do u think If God come down to Earth,Nigerians will not critisize Him.Ride on…………I pray 2 be a beneficiary of minimum wage soon

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