Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Tuesday, pledged to pay backlog of deductions owed the state’s workers soon.
Amosun said this while receiving the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Bobbai Kaigama, in his office in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Amosun, who noted that he was not unmindful of the fact that the success or otherwise of any government largely depends on its relationship with its workers, stressed that he would continue to create enabling environment that would foster harmonious relationship between the government and its workforce.
He said: “We are determined to continue to do the needful, provide better condition of service and pay up all the monies owed the workers soon in other to motivate them to get the best from them.
“The totality of the deductions owed the workers is equal to one month salary for the workers. But we cannot afford to let other sectors suffer.
“Should we concentrate on paying salaries alone, we won’t be owing any money but we can’t afford to render other sectors comatose.
“And I know the workers would not like that because they are also beneficiaries of the social services we render”.
Earlier, the TUC boss commended the governor for being workers’ friendly and appealed to him to expedite action on the payment of the deductions, saying it was the only proceed from the worker’s salary which they depend on to fund their individual projects or meet personal needs.
He said: “The monthly reports from across the state councils show you are a workers’ friendly governor and we have no reason to antagonize your government”.