Subsidy removal:Makinde meets with workers and forms a committee to review wages.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has formed a committee to review workers' wages in the state.

This comes just a few days after the federal government eliminated petroleum subsidies.

According to ChinyKo, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu stated in his inaugural speech that the fuel subsidy regime was no longer in place.

Kayode Martins, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Olatunbosun Olabiyi, attended a meeting between the state government and labour.

The Deputy Governor, Barrister Bayo Lawal; Head of Service, Bunmi Oni; former Deputy Governor, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja; former Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu; former Special Adviser on Labour, Bayo Titilola-Sodo and wife of former governor, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja were also at the meeting.

The committee has eight weeks to submit its report.

Makinde said the committee became necessary in view of the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.

He said, “For us, with all sincerity, I think it is time to engage and ensure that we are proactive, irrespective of what is coming from the federal level. We are already prepared for it here and we can run our own programmes.

“Yes, the fuel subsidy removal is going to affect all of us but we do have control over certain things in Oyo State, and one of these is to be proactive and engage ourselves.

“They may call for strike or certain actions at the federal level but the labour leaders in Oyo State must be aware of our own situation”.

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