Osun workers suspend strike, praise Governor Aregbesola

The five-week old strike action embarked upon by workers came to an end on Friday as the Osun State government agreed to pay its workers N19,012.95 as minimum wage as labour leaders commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for showing concern for workers welfare. Consequent upon this development, the suspension of the strike action was announced on…”
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September 10, 2011 4:43 am
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The five-week old strike action embarked upon by workers came to an end on Friday as the Osun State government agreed to pay its workers N19,012.95 as minimum wage as labour leaders commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for showing concern for workers welfare.

Consequent upon this development, the suspension of the strike action was announced on Friday by the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Comrade Bayo Adejumo, who spoke on behalf of the labour leaders commended the Osun State Governor for showing concern for workers welfare.

He announced further that the decision to suspend the strike action followed the agreement and resolution reached and signed by the labour leaders and the government.Communicating the agreement to journalists after the resolution, the Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola said that both parties have agreed to approve the implementation of the signed new salary table based on the minimum wage of N19,012.95 for officers on level 01 to 07.The salary of officers on Grade Level 08 to 17, according to the agreement signed by the Head of Service, Elder Segun Akinwusi and the Commissioner for Human Resources and Capacity Building, Ms. Mobolaji Akande on behalf of the government, would further be upwardly reviewed as soon as the financial situation of the state government improves.State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Saka Adesiyan; the Trade Union Congress Chairman (TUC), Comrade Oladele Adetunji and the Joint Negotiation Council Chairman (JNC), Comrade Bayo Adejumo and other labour leaders endorsed the agreement.Oyetola emphasized that the implementation of the new salary took effect from August 1, 2011, for officers on level 08 to 17, while those on level 01 to 07 took effect from March 1.The Chief of Staff who assured that no worker would be punished for participating in the strike action called on all workers to resume at their various duty posts immediately.

Stating that both government and labour noted the laudable achievements of the state government within its limited resources in the execution of projects that designed to improve the economic and social development of the state, Oyetola urged workers to increase their productivity and justify the confidence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in their ability to assist his administration in successful implementation of its programmes and policiesWhile expressing gratitude to labour leaders for the ensuring peace throughout the period of the industrial action, Oyetola acknowledged the intervention of traditional rulers, religious and community leaders in resolving the disagreement.Responding on behalf of the labour leaders, Comrade Bayo Adejumo announced the total suspension of the strike and directed the striking workers to resume work immediately.Adejumo assured that Osun State workers were solidly behind the government of Mr. Rauf  Aregbesola to achieve the laudable dreams set out for the state and vowed that workers would go all out to ensure that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state was improved.The chairman of Joint Negotiating Councils 1, 2 and 3 commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for showing concern for the welfare of the workers as he praised traditional rulers, religious leaders and community leader in their efforts at resolving the crisis

36 Comments

olatunde okedara

But where is our governor? I am not very happy that the governor is not at home to govern us. Please tell the governor we miss him dearly.

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all praises to almighty God

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Dis is welcome development for our dear state, but my concern is abt osun state college of education ilesa, thier programme is too slow, pls mr gov should kindly assist us.

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abdul.ifelodun local govt

our governor go show.. He dey rest for now after eight month serving the state without commisioners is now time for him to rest.. He go soon show..

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We thank God for this new development in Osun State. Shame on all our critics……….

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Adejare mutiu

Cudos 2 mr gov. And osun labour 4 their corperation, let gointly move d state 2 d next level of development. Osun adarao… Ede onibaje o…

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we thank God almighty dat d day as come as it surely be in d history,please d hole osun state indigene,student and even d stranger let give thanks to d fore-father of d state and our blessed governor may he succeed in all his endeavor.thanks be 2 almighty.

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Samuel Olalekan Kayode

That is hw u people did in d previous week dat u announced on d radio dat all d workers should resume immidiately, dat was what made me to carried my bags & bagages & bag to sch & later bag home, if it true well i give a congratulatery words to all my collegues thank u mr gov, kayode from geography department osce ila orangun.

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Adetifa kehinde

I congrate osun 4 de good govrn God give 2 them, i believe we must back 2 schol on monday. I thank mr govrn. Kehinde 4rm ossce ila, languages dept.

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Tiamiyu jeleel

Oh! That is great may Allmighty Allah be with all the good people of osun state Osun ‘a dara ooooo

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Joseph damilola

D details of the agreement is not clear to me,Is #18,000 for workers in level 8 to 17?

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okematti azeez adebola

ACN Govenment is the Best so far! ride on sir!! Osun ad’ara…….

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Korede Ibukun O.

We thank God for giving us our own people’s governor. May almighty GOD will not allow evil things to be falled on you. Osun a dara ooo…

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But new mini wages shld be pass across frm level 1 to 17 and arreas frm 1st of March 2011.Our union leader shld think about tomorrow,stop trade ur members.stop praise him for what.

But new mini wages shld be pass across frm level 1 to 17 and arreas frm 1st of March 2011.Our union leader shld think about tomorrow,stop trade ur members.stop praise him for what.

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The gov is around hail and hearthy.

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Rafiu Sanusi

The truth is that Osun state could afford the minimum wage. For instance, the state collected about N50billion from federation Account between November 2010 and July 2011 of Gov Aregbe reign. In fact Osun Stae collected N12billion on July alone whne extra allocation of N770billion was made from the Excess Crude Account to all tiers(Federal, State, Local) of Government.
. People should be informed that the 3 tiers of government (Federal, state and local governments) shared N1.3trillion naira in July as against the average monthly sum of N450billion they use to share. About N770billion was use to augment from the Excess Crude Account.
I know some people would argue that all governments collected extra pay but what has our own dear Gov Aregbe done with all these large sums of money. It is on record that the medical students program of the Osun State University has been paralyzed. We have all been blaming the PDP government but the PDP built the University which Aregbe is now consigning into the dustbin. At a time, he was talking of wanting to sell the University to a private manager.
There were wild jubilations across the South western part of Nigeria the moment ACN governments were being entrenched from one state to the other after the court judgmenents.
Unfortunately however, these jubilations have become ashes in our mouth with the non performance witnessed in the ACN controlled states except in Lagos where there are glimpses of hope. Again, the performance in Lagos could have been better had there not been leakages as it was exposed by ACN members themselves that Lagos Speaker has collected N7b within the last 14 months as first line charge. The fact that the speaker did not deny receiving the funds speaks volume of what could be happening. His defence that he shares the money with the other 39 members of the assembly is disturbing.
Workers have been on strike in Osun state for weeks. This state has collected over N50billion from the federation account in the past 10 months of Aregbesola’s ACN government. Osun State University has been comatozed in the last 8 months. This University used to be the best in terms of non disturbance.
This brings me to the view that there is big leadership gap as analyzed below:

All should be concerned that there is a big leadership gap in this country called Nigeria. Leadership is about Trust. To the extent that none of the rulers could be trusted supports the existence of the gap. Not even the much averred ACN under the leadership of Bola Tinubu. We have all be hailing Fashola as a performer. Who could have conceived that N500m could be given to the Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly monthly as first line charge? First line means deduction from the revenue before appropriation.
In defending himself, the speaker informed the EFCC that he gives N5m monthly to each member of the Lagos Assembly including himself. For what purpose and for what purpose is Dimeji Bankole being tried? Same purpose of course. In addition, N5m for 40 legislators amounted to N200m monthly. What does He spend the balance of N300m on? If this is happening in the state the performing Fashola heads, how much of these are happening in other states including security votes.
We have always been castigating Peoples Destruction Party (PDP) as the only corrupt party. The fact that the speaker of the Lagos State Assembly did not deny collecting the N500m but stated that He distributes to member confirms corruption everywhere. Lagos is the best performing state.
I cannot see any difference between Obasanjo’s brigande and Bola Tinubu’s corruption. Could anyone tell me if there was any primary election in the ACN? Is the act of Tinubu dictating who would go for what position different from that of ever overbearing tendencies of Obasanjo? Tinubu’s wife, children and in laws were foisted on Lagosians. They are all same of the same. Let no one be fooled.
It is on record that Aregbesola’s electoral victory was hailed with pomp and pageantry. However, those jubilations have become ashes. In fact, He collected over N12billion in July 2011 for both state and local governments. What has he done? If he has not done anything, is the fund still intact? No.

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Osun state is having more than physical issues. Ogbeni and his cohort few weeks ago called the labuor group bad names that they are being used by some political party about minimum wage. Now there is no meaningful changes on the salary structure which is the reason they went on strike, nothing concrete has happened.
This is not osun state of our dream where a gov. will be ruling in absential and if he will prove himself right go to history that it has been done before in france, cuba, somalia or what have you.
This administration/personalities there before election are confusing people, now that they are there, they are still confusing all.
God help osun state.

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My COMMENT IS SOLELY @Rafiu Sanusi YOU ARE A BIG FOOL! I READ YOUR COMMENT AND FELT SORRY FOR YOU. YOUR ORIENTATION IS PRETTY BAD. YOU HAVE A BAD MIND SET. AND YOU NOT GOIN FORWARD IF YOU DON’T STOP GIVING ROTTEN INFOS. BIG UPS TO OUR DEARLY GOVERNOR! OSUN A DAARA O! From Irewole LGA.

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    Rafiu Sanusi

    Mr Mathew, you do not have to insult peole in reacting to reactions to articles in this forum. Have you checked that the facts I stated above are not accurate. Please check with the Osun state Ministry of Finance.
    You will be misleading Gov Aregbesola with this attitutde. The essence of this type of forum is to give feedback to the government so that they will reshape and perform better. It is not about calling somebody a fool. If you know the personality of the person of Rafiu sanusi, you will not call me a fool. Your attitude is that of PDP supporters who even when they know that things are not alright, they still continue DEFENDING NON PERFROMANCE AND WICKEDNESS TO THE ELECTORATE.

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Heeey!! Oh my God Umbelievable!!! Dat the Government of osun state hold d labour in captivity 2 forcefully sign the minimum wage threatening 2 erase them and their family member out of the earth. I said it that this people did not broadcast anything on air other than they victimise mr adejumo of NJC to announce it.but there’s Almighty God. Wat happen 2 a king in DANIEL chapter 4 will al be on this government and the member of their family. Amen. Please every reader should pls in d name of God believe me… I swear that’s wat they do. Why is it dat thesame 19000 they approved is what is been reapproved and not review 8 to 17 definetly there’s something behind it. Pls let be wise.

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    Tunde, you must be ashame of your self 4 this wrong information you are selling to the puplic.where did u got yr information that the labour leader were forcefully push to sign the agreement. Do you equally aware that mr gov review d pro-rata payment of #7450- #5000 formaly propose for workers on GL08-17.more so that mr Adejumo make announcement on OSBC Radio on sunday,appealing to all workers to go back to work.God will judge all accordingly.

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GO BACK TO WORK YOU THESE BUNCH OF COMMUNISTS, FASCISTS, LAZY BUNCH OF RETARDS!!!

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@ Rafiu Sanusi, you are just an idiot writer and a fool. You are just too idle that was why you were able to write lengthy nonsense. Your mouth only is full with ashes, we are very much happy and okay with our dear governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

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    Rafiu Sanusi

    Mr Busoye, you do not have to insult peole in reacting to reactions to articles in this forum. If you know the personality of Rafiu Sanusi, you will not call him an idiot or a fool. For your information, Rafiu sanusi hails from Ita Olokan quarters along Ilesha Road osogbo. He is a Chartered Accountant with First Class Honours from the University of Ife before it was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University. I am just an objective critic to prevent leaders from going asray

    Have you checked that the facts I stated above are not accurate. Please check with the Osun state Ministry of Finance.
    You will be misleading Gov Aregbesola with this attitutde. The essence of this type of forum is to give feedback to the government so that they will reshape and perform better. It is not about calling somebody a fool or an idiot. Your attitude is that of PDP supporters who even when they know that things are not alright, they still continue DEFENDING NON PERFROMANCE AND WICKEDNESS TO THE ELECTORATE

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Dear Mr. Governor, it is very important for you to realize that governance is a serious business. You are the Governor of the State not of ACN or of any political party. Time is going and running very fast. You will soon be one year in office. May God help you and bless you sir.

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@MATHEW, IF SANUSI IS A BIG FOOL, THEN U ARE A BIGGEST FOOL FOR CONDEMMING A WELL RESEARCHED WRITE UP FROM SANUSI. DO YOU THINK EVERYBODY WILL BE MEDIOCRE AND STAY DOGMATIC LIKE YOU? IF YOU VE FOUND AN AREA WHERE SANUSI IS WRONG, PLS AIR IT TO THE WHOLE WORLD OR ELSE, STOP YOUR BASELESS AND SELFISH ACCUSATION!

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OLADIMEJI ISMAIL

AREGBESOLA SHOULD STOP JUSTIFY HIS TRIPS ABROAD.WE NEVER VOTED HIM TO ENGAGE IN UNNECESSARY TRIPS.THERE ARE ALOT OF CHALLENGES FACING US AS A STATE AND UR TRAVELLING WILL NOT SOLVE ANY.I HOPE OGBENI IS AWARE DAT HEALTH WORKERS HAS BEEN ON STRIKE FOR ALMOST 4 MONTHS,AND U CLAIMED TO BE D FRIEND OF MASSES EVEN WHEN D MASSES ARE DYING DUE TO UR NEGLIGENCE.AREGBESOLA SHOULD PROOF TO US DAT HE IS BETTER THAN OYINLOLA.

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Da-Peacemaker

Has it really gotten to dis stage? Where adults like those dat commented had to start insulting themselves online? That shows the kind of immatured men in osun state. Pls allow ogbeni Rauf to do wot he can do 4 dis state. He can only do otherwise if he doesn’t have a conscience, all he needs is prayers to lead. May God give u all understanding.

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Oyeleke A. Abiodun(moadakeke)

In my own opinion, I think the best way to make life more meaningful to our people is to REFORM Nigeria economy. I have reasons for saying dis- now that d government has agreed to pay Minimum or Maximum wages which ever you call it, cost of living will surely raise up. Secomdly, what of those in d private establishments? Will this money be enough to spend? What will be the personal saving per month?. Finally, increasing the salary is not idea but if the economy of d country is stable/favourable and completely reformed, there is no any amount one can earn that will not be enough. This will also boost the country economy.

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All Government owned tertiary institutions and hospitals including maternity centers in Osun state have been closed down a couple of months ago. Most of these maternity centers and hospitals are now bushy that one would doubt the existence of any structure in those areas. So many people people have lost their lives while our dear children could not be immunized. Our students have suffered unnecessarily. Please help us advise Ogbeni to stay arround to address what he promised osun indigenes. If he can’t do this, let him set aside. Enough is enough.

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Akanbi Felix G

Please change the name of this paper to AREGBESOLA DEFENDER. Thank you.

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Akanbi Felix G

Yes you are right my brother! You they re not defending osun, they re defending Aregbesola who is paying them for blowing his trumpet on his behalf.

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congrat to osun state workers, and it is time for quality work

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Adeleke Oluwaseyi

Aregbe should try and put things in order in osun state, now that workers have suspended thier srike.
Govt should make sure that such did not repeat its self again, so that there won’t be room for opposition to criticize again.thanks osun a dara oooo.

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how did they go from rejecting this same proposition to praising it. please Osun Defender, can you tell us what happened behing the scene? can you dispatch you investigators on our behalf?

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