The newly-elected Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Oyo State Chapter, Mr. Bayo Titilola-Sodo, on Thursday said all state governments were bound by law to implement the payment of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage.
He stated this during his acceptance speech after he emerged unopposed at the NLC delegates conference held at Lekan Salami stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
Titilola-Sodo, who is the incumbent Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oyo State, hails from Ighoho, headquarters of Oorelope local government area.
He affirmed that he was positive about the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state, going by the assurance given by the outgoing governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, and the incoming governor, Seyi Makinde, to implement the payment.
“The implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage should be immediate without further delay. The President has signed it, it is a law and the law is bidding on all the 36 state governors.
“It is a law, it requires no persuasion, it covers all the states of the Federation. The outgoing governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi promised to pay N30,000 minimum wage, the governor-elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde also promised us even before the election. So we would hold both of them to their words,” he said.
He stated that the newly elected state executive council is committed to ensuring that workers are paid their salaries as and when due.
He also said that enforcement of the new minimum wage will be the first line of action if the new state executive council.
“We would also work to stamp out nepotism, favouritism, victimisation of workers, install justice and sanity in the system,” he added.