By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Action Democratic Party (ADP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala on Thursday disclosed that his administration will implement payment of N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state if elected as the next governor of the state.
Otunba Alao-Akala who made the promise while speaking at the official flag off of his gubernatorial campaign held at Monatan Market area in Ibadan also hinted that his administration will restore free, qualitative education to the state.
The ADP governorship candidate emphasized that as an experienced, tested and trusted hand, his administration willrengthen didactics” and ensure that Oyo state candidates came first in NECO and other public examinations again”.
“We are aware that Oyo civil servants are the true agents of economic multiplier. So, for them, it is welcome back to fresh and unimaginable motivations, prompt salaries, promotions and other emoluments . The Alao-Akala administration shall pay N30,000 minimum wage,” he said.
Otunba Alao-Akala added, ,”we shall get all our tertiary institutions on state subvention as it is the practice with responsible governments all over the world. We shall reverse all arbitrary increases in fees and resuscitate the state Scholarship Board as we did in 2007 after 20years) to assist our indigent but gifted students”.
“We are restoring the dignity of the teaching profession and institutionalize retraining and capacity building workshops as I did severally during my first term”.
The ADP governorship candidate while speaking further said his administration “shall immediately visit all outstanding promotions and pay promotion arrears”
“Oyo Pensioners shall not only smile but laugh again. I am digitalizing the state pension administration once and for all aension administration once and for all and address gratuities and pension arrears. We shall bring back the Pacesetter Micro Finance scheme which during my first term gave soft loans ( that is loan without interest”.
“We are restoring free and qualitative education once again. We shall abolish all educational levies, strengthen didactics and ensure that our candidates come first in NECO and other public examinations again. We will acquire LAUTECH for Oyo State alone. The LAUTECH teaching hospital complexes in Ogbomoso and Oyo will become operational and deliver top brand medical services to our people.
Otunba Alao-Akala also promised to put in place Urban renewal programme, adequate and qualitative health policies, better.security system as well as address food problem and restore Oke Ogun and the state as the food basket of the nation.
Earlier, Otunba Alao-Akala during a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji asked the people of Ibadan not to vote for people that have no regard for cultural heritage, tradition and traditional institution.
According to the ADP governorship candidate, such people will run a government that doesn’t listen to people and act like they are above the law.
Otunba Alao-Akala said he was at the Olubadan palace to inform him of his ambition to once again govern the state, saying “I left as governor, things have become difficult for people; there had been governance of who will hold me, desecration and disrespect to tradition. When I left, people weren’t poverty stricken and everyone was happy.”
“Then, you didn’t have to get to the secretariat to get money, everyone including artisans and market people was satisfied but it is no longer the same, people are suffering workers are not left out. They are at present on strike.I left N110bn in the coffers but today, Oyo State is in serious debt. ADP is the party that can turn things around and make people happy, I have done it before and we will do it again. History is there to prove me right that people were comfortable under our government.Experience is better than knowledge, only a person that knows the way should be allowed to lead. Things are not working well at present because of the type of government in power and we are lucky that it is rounding up, this is the time to give an experienced person the chance to make a difference,”
The Olubadan then prayed for the ADP governorship candidate and his team