The state gubernatorial candidate of the peoples Democratic Party, Engineer Seyi Makinde has thrown his weight behind the thirty thousand naira minimum wage demands of civil servants in the state and across the nation, adding that they deserve even higher pay.
Seyi Makinde made this known today while on a visit to the office of the Nigerian Labor Congress, Oyo State chapter where he met with the leaders of various Labour unions in the state to present his blueprint and plans for the state work force.
-Makinde while speaking in solidarity with the workers who began a three day warning strike yesterday in respect to the issue of welfare and non payment of arreas and allowances by the present administration, he promised to engage the state work force productively and tackle poverty head long if voted into power.
He added that he will reposition the affairs of the state by putting people to work and also expand the economic base of generating revenue instead of relying solely on federal allocation .
While noting that the state cannot continue to rely on funds generated from crude oil for massive development across board, he asserted that Agriculture will be his number one cardinal focus, as the state is blessed with massive resources , hence deploying the resources generated to things that will bring benefits to the state .
Furthermore, Engr Makinde affirmed that his government plans to reduce poverty amongst the populace because it will reduce violence. He said he will engage the unemployed youth population with a focus to unlock their hidden potentials.
Earlier, Makinde who participated in a debate organized by the Oyo state farmers Association promised to revamp farm settlements across the state. Speaking further the PDP gubernatorial candidate remarked that his administration will improve the lots of farmers in the state.
He said he will ensure that necessary infrastructures will be put in place to ensure that Oyo state farmers productivity are raised to International standard.