Prince Dotun Babayemi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Osun, has asked for an upgraded benefit package for workers in order to push them to perform effectively.
Babayemi made the call in Osogbo on Sunday in a message of solidarity to Nigerian workers on Workers’ Day this year.
He also urged the government to put in place long-term methods to make life easier for Nigerian employees before they retire.
Babayemi, a former PDP governorship candidate in the state, advocated for more appealing working conditions to spur economic growth and discourage brain drain.
He urged government to put in place permanent solution to the recurring issue of non-payment of pensions and gratuities of retirees.
“Government should provide enhanced packages to the workers that will go beyond the monthly salaries.
”It is wickedness to owe salaries and equally ungodly not to pay pensioners their entitlements as and when due. It is sheer wickedness.
“Our workers and retirees deserve to be treated fairly by the system by putting in place and in concrete terms too, policies and programmes that will make life meaningful and enduring for them during and after service,” he said.
Babayemi noted that the prompt payment of serving and retired workers would stem the prevalent greed and corruption entrenched in the system.
According to him, if the government can sincerely see to workers’ welfare by not focusing on salary increase alone, the factors which normally engineer corruption would be reduced.
Babayemi urged the government to do more in terms of improving the welfare of workers to extract dedication from them