By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Thursday asked the Governors Forum to forget about sacking workers before implementing the proposed N30,000 minimum wage in their respective states.
Engineer Makinde in a statement signed by the Director of Communication and strategies, Prince Dotun Oyelade made available to newsmen lashed out at the Governors’ Forum for threatening to sack workers before it can implement the N30,000 minimum wage .
He stressed that rather than threatening to embark on sacking workers, the Governors’ Forum should prioritised improved dialogue with the workers, employ more creative ways to increase internally generated revenues among others.
The PDP governorship candidate said “while it is true that Governor Ajimobi of Oyo state has been consistent in his threat to reduce the workforce and had made good on this in the past, what the Governors’ Forum should have prioritised are improved dialogue with the workers, employ more creative ways to increase internally generated revenues and intensify efforts on the Federal government and the National Assembly to review the National Revenue Formula in favour of the states.”
Concerning Oyo state, Engineer Makinde pointed out that with good husbanding of Oyo state resources, the blocking of all financial loopholes, improved Internally generated revenue initiatives and freedom from the shackles of huge loan servicing, Oyo state can live comfortably within its means.
The PDP governorship candidate re-emphasized that his government will lead the way in galvanising others in the fight for resource control, adding that our mineral resources such as granite and marble will be used to revolutionise development.
While frowning at the comments of those clamouring for the continuity of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s legacy, Engineer Makinde declared that the masses in Oyo state are desirous of fresh ideas that make people the pillar of government policies and not contract induced infrastuctures that benefit only the rich and the privileged most of whom repatriate the financial proceeds to their base which unfortunately is not Oyo state.