Governor Ibikunle
Amosun of Ogun State
has reached truce with
Ogun State workers over
cooperative deductions,
unremitted contributory
pension scheme and
gratuity, which have
resulted in face-off
between the government
and workers unions.
Ogun State workers,
a fortnight ago
embarked on industrial
action, which lasted
for 10 days to press
home their demands
but was suspended
after intervention of
traditional rulers.
However, following the
meeting that lasted for
more than three hours,
both the government
and labour unions
expressed satisfaction
at the outcome of the
Speaking after the
meeting held at the
Oke-Mosan Governor’s
Office, Governor
Amosun expressed
its displeasure at the
industrial action while
promising to ensure the
payment of deductions
and other entitlements.
Amosun who
explained that the state
got about N1 billion
from the federation
account for the month of
February put the wage
bill of the state at over
N9 billion.
“We have seen the
positions of our state,
it is not just Ogun
State, and the nation’s
economy has slowed
down. For example, this
month, the allocation
that came to the state is
almost N1 billion and
our commitment, the
one that we can safely
say, ‘this is just for
personnel’ either for civil
service, public service,
house of assembly and
our workers, we put pen
on paper including local
government and the
state and it is about N8.4
billion and there are
some we must do which
put the money over N9
billion monthly.
“In this month alone,
all that we were given
as a state is over about
N1 billion and the
local government get
about N1.4 billion.
While I speak on local
government all of the
time is this, they don’t
have anywhere else to
“If the total that
was given to local
government this month
is about N1.4 billion, the
primary teachers’ salary
if we have to pay is about
N2 billion. This means
that there’s a problem
and clearly there is and
we are not magicians,”
he said stating in
February alone the state
paid N6 billion out of the
about N9 billion even as
it collects a paltry N1.2
billion monthly.
Both the Chairman
of the Nigerian Labour
Congress, Akeem
Ambali, and that of
the Joint Public Service
Negotiating Council,
JNC, Abiodun Olakanmi,
said they were convinced
and satisfied with the
facts presented by the

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