By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun has hinted that a 14 member negotiation committee is to be set up by the state government and the labour unions to find lasting solution to the on going industrial dispute in the state.
Mr Arologun dropped this hint while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the maiden State Executive Council Meeting, presided over by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
According to the Commissioner, the joint negotiation committee would address lingering issues responsible for the delay in the payment of outstanding salaries and pension which led to the ongoing indefinite strike by civil servants in the state.
“The maiden executive council meeting under the leadership of Governor Ajimobi agreed to the formation of the committee to find quick solution to the labour issues and other matters relating to the proposed education initiative,” he said.
The Commissioner disclosed that the committee comprised of seven representatives each from the side of state government and the labour union, with the state government team comprising of Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Mr. Olalekan Alli; Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Bimbo Adekanmbi; Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade; and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Finance and Budget; Establishment and Service Matters, Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, as well as the Accountant-General.
He gave names of those in the Labour team as the NLC Deputy National President, Comrade Peters Adeyemi; who is expected to lead the labour team, Oyo NLC Vice Chairman, Comrade Bayo Sodo, Comrade Kofo Abayomi, Comrade A.O Akinfenwa, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, Comrade Nafisat Balogun and Remi Adepoju.
“Members of the committee would look into the best way possible to offset the accrued workers’ salaries and consider the memoranda so far submitted on the proposed education development initiative. It is in the best interest of both parties to find an amicable solution to the issues to restore industrial harmony to the state.”
Speaking further, Mr Arulogun stressed that the Governor Ajimobi-led administration would not renege on his electoral promises aimed at changing the face of the state and fortunes of its people for the better.
Towards ensuring this, the Commissioner said Governor Ajimobi has mandated all the Commissioners to go back to their various Ministries and carry out radical reforms that would be beneficial to the people of the state.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.