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