The 2019 governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Kwara State, Comrade Issa Obalowu Aremu, has bemoaned poor state of governance in the state, declaring that it was high time the situation is changed for good.
He, however, assured that no Kwaran will retire to his or her bed in the night hungry if elected in the forthcoming general elections.
Aremu spoke in Ilorin during an interactive session he organised with the state chairman of the labour party, Comrade Abdulkareem Onagun in attendance.
The foremost labour leader disclosed that his administration would prioritise welfare of workers as they would not only be paid minimum wage but living wage.
He stated that payment of commensurate take home to workers in the state would enhance and improve level of productivity among them.
Aremu, who is currently the Vice President, IndustrialL Global Union, declared that no government can run a successful economy in a situation where workers are not paid good salary, adding that payment of entitlement to workers was also another way of instilling discipline in the service.
He identified frequent delay in payment of salary to the workforce as unacceptable, urging relevant agencies of government to criminalised the trend.
Aremu, a member of the National Executive Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) promised to implement living wage and living pension for serving and retired civil servants in the state if given the mandate of the people.
“Let me use this medium to say that no Kwarans will go to bed hungry when we come on board, and we will pay living wage if elected not just minimum wage as you have it being canvassed at the moment.
“We are paying the wage because of the work done. That is the only way we can enhance service delivery and improve productivity of the workforce. And another thing we don’t know is that when the workers are well paid, it is also a way to discipline errant civil servants. Because there no way that you receive good salary and you will not want to work and deliver to the best of your ability”, Aremu said.
The labour party gubernatorial hopeful also pledged that his administration would make health insurance compulsory for the people of the state with a view to ensuring their well being.
Aremu, who could not his discontent for increase in mortality rate among pregnant women in the state, said his government would put an end to it through universal health coverage for all.