The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin has appealed to the members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Oyo State to be calm, following the agitations of the workers over non-implementation of the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) for members of the legislative staff in the state, while assuring that the issue will be resolved.
Ogundoyin, who made the appeal at an emergency meeting with the Executive Council of PASAN, Oyo State chapter on Monday, also assured the workers that the leadership of the House and the representatives of the council as well as the management staff, will meet with the governor on the matter unfailingly this week.
In the meantime, the meeting was also held to address the plan by the staff to commence a warning strike on Tuesday over the failure of the state to commence the implementation of CONLESS.
According to the Speaker, the demand for the implementation of CONLESS by the Oyo State House of Assembly staff is not out of place.
He assured that the 9th Assembly will do everything possible to ensure that a reasonable percentage, if not all of the consolidated salary structure, is effected for the benefit of the staff.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Labour, Productivity, Employment and Pension, Hon. Akintunde Olajide (Lagelu) has earlier urged the workers to be hopeful as Governor Makinde is a worker friendly governor.
In his remarks, the Chairman of PASAN, Oyo State Chapter, Comrade Yemi Alade had told the speaker and other principal officers of the House at the emergency meeting that, the implementation of CONLESS was long overdue.
Comrade Yemi Alade said the House had passed the legislative autonomy bill which was also assented to by Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, but wondered why the implementation is being delayed.
He hinted that the consolidated salary structure was already being enjoyed by the health and environmental workers in the state, and therefore appealed to the executive arm of government to look into their demands.
Other union leaders who spoke at the meeting including Comrade Isiaka Adetunji, the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Oyo Assembly Unit, explained that some states have started the implementation of CONLESS.