By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Oyo State government on Thursday declared that it is now working towards ensuring prompt payment of workers salaries as well as offset the outstanding ones in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun gave this indication in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan.
According to the Commissioner, the state government is presently putting in place all the necessary machinery in place towards making the planned offset of the outstanding workers salaries and ensure prompt payment thereafter.
“Our government is very passionate about the welfare of workers and the people of the state in general. We are not comfortable with the situation of things in the state as well and we are already putting machineries in motion to resolve the non-payment of salaries.We know there is a lull in the economy but the situation is changing gradually and there is light at the end of the tunnel,”he said.
Mr Arulogun said the present administration in Oyo state is determined to sustain its human – faced policies to ensure that citizens reap the dividends of democracy.
The Commissioner added that the state government is concerned about the global economic situation’ saying, the Senator Abiola Ajimobi administration “is resolute in making life easier and meaningful for the entire citizenry by meeting its obligations promptly”.
Mr Arulogun pointed out that the state government meets regularly with the leadership of the workers’ unions in order to keep them abreast of the finances of the state and rub minds on scenarios that will provide solutions to the challenges. “At one of our meetings with the labour leaders, the government was commended and appreciated for its efforts at adhering to the terms reached during the last agreement despite the financial challenges” he stressed.
The Commissioner said, “they (labour leaders) emphasized that payment before the last Eid celebration was a good gesture. Our Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) drive is yielding positive results. Without adequate resources for prompt payment of salaries, developmental projects will naturally suffer”.
“We empathize with our people, we feel the pains too. Let our people be reminded that before now, we paid as and when due. We paid 13th month salary and we increased housing and car loans by a hundred percent (100%). Pensioners got one hundred and fourty two percent increase with back log paid amongst many other welfarist schemes by Governor Ajimobi’s administration”.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.