Subsidy Removal: Oyo Govt Splashes Transport Fare, To Increase Minimum Wage

The Oyo State Government made an announcement on Wednesday regarding a 50 percent decrease in fares for the Pace Setter Transport Service. This decision aims to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on the general public. The state Head of Service, Olubunmi Oni, conveyed this information during a meeting with the leadership of the local chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), headed by Chairman Kayode Martins, at the Agodi secretariat in Ibadan. Oni stated that despite limited resources, the government is committed to improving the quality of life for the masses, particularly the working class. She mentioned that the government has already increased the number of buses provided by the transport service, offering a 50 percent reduction in fares as part of their efforts to mitigate the effects of fuel subsidy removal.

Oni assured the NLC that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration will continue to prioritize the welfare of workers and take measures to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal. She emphasized that Makinde has already begun working on implementing a new minimum wage for all state workers, and the government is exploring various avenues to alleviate the hardship faced by the less privileged.

Expressing gratitude to the government, the NLC Chairman noted that it was the first time they were being invited to review salaries upward. He commended the government for its commitment to workers’ welfare and pledged that the union would persist in ensuring that the minimum wage is implemented promptly, along with providing palliative measures for all workers in the state.

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