Makinde Pledges To Comply With Payment Of Salaries, Allowances Of Dissolved Oyo LG Chairmen, Councillors

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


 Oyo State Government on Monday expressed its readiness to  comply with the ruling of the Supreme court on  the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved chairmen and councillors of local government councils in the state.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa 
Oyo state government stressed that ” as a believer in the rule of law and as a government with the utmost respect for the Supreme Court, it will comply with the ruling of the apex court, ” once the details of the ruling are made available.”
The government emphasized that ” it had showcased its commitment to paying off the dissolved Chairmen and Councillors as far back as February 2020, when its negotiation team, pursuant to the out-of-court order of the Oyo State High Court, offered the council chairmen and councillors the same condition which the Supreme Court just affirmed.”
“We are on the same page with the Supreme Court of the land on the ruling which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved local governments”, it said.
Oyo state government added, “the apex court in its decision rejected the dissolution, affirmed that the tenure of the Council Chairmen had lapsed, while also asking that the state pay salaries and allowances due to them till the end of their tenure”, 
” As far as we are concerned, the Supreme Court, by that judgment, made a policy decision, being a policy court. It was apparently sending a message to states in its attempt to protect elected local governments councils.”
The statement recalled that the state government had long before the ruling of the Supreme Court offered to pay the salaries and allowances of the dissolved local government chairmen”, saying, ” the said council chairmen scuttled the bid at the time because they came up with absolute terms, insisting that they must return to the councils with all their aides.”
“The government of Oyo State has full respect for the Judiciary and the Supreme Court of the land and as a believer in the rule of law, the state will comply with the order to pay the salaries of dissolved local government chairmen.”

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