Oyo State workers marked this year’s May Day celebration, held on Monday, asking the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led government to clear the arrears of salaries, pensions, gratuities and see to the backlog of promotion
The workers, who had converged on Lekan Salami Stadium, said the state government owed workers four months, state pensioners four months, local government workers between five and eleven months while retired primary school teachers were owed 56 months pensions.
Delivering his address, Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State chapter, Mr Waheed Olojede, also called for the reinstatement and restoration of salaries of those workers cleared of allegations of certificate forgery in the 2016 verification exercise of the state government.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, in his remarks, appreciated the maturity, resilience, perseverance of the state workers amid the delay in payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Adeyemo, he described as erroneous the impression that the government was deliberately punishing workers through the ongoing restructuring exercise.
He emphasised that the verification exercise was to sanitise the civil service.
The government attributed the delay in salaries to dwindling federal allocation and meagre Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), he avowed that the state government was unrelenting in turning around the bad situation.