Gov Ajimobi Cuts Oyo State Appointees Pay By 50 Per Cent
Gov Ajimobi, the Oyo State Governor on Monday disclosed that the salaries and arrears of political appointees had been reduced by half.
This, according to the governor followed the continued drop in the state’s revenue.
The Oyo State Government also announced the award of N28bn contracts for the dualization of four major roads in the state.
The government said the funds would be sourced from the Federal Government Road Intervention Fund.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Ali, who spoke during an inter-ministerial press briefing on Monday, said the decisions were made at the last Executive Council meeting in the state.
Ali told journalists that all government spending would be reduced by 50 per cent with immediate effect.
He said the state government had succeeded in blocking all tax loopholes.
Ali also noted that the physical verification embarked upon recently had exposed many areas where some individuals were drawing multiple salaries.
The verification revealed that some others were getting salaries without working for the government.
Gov Ajimobi Slashes Political Appointees Salaries By 50%
Ali explained that about 500 people indicted during the verification did not appear to clear their names at the special panel set up to tackle the problem.
He further stated that others who were cleared by the panel had collected their arrears of salaries till April 2016.
Alli also assured the people of the state that the state government was working hard to ensure food security through the Agric-Oyo programme.
He highlighted the establishment of 10,000 metric tonnes of silos in Oyo town.
This, he said, would be replicated in all the three senatorial districts of the state.
Oyo State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Wasiu Dauda, told newsmen that the N28bn would be used for the dualization of Saki Township Road.
The road spans from Oke-Ogun Polytechnic to Ilesa-Baruba Road.
Also included is the construction of the Idi Ape—Basorun—Akobo—Odogbo Barracks Junction Road, Agodi Gate—Old Ife Road—Adegbayi and Oke Adu—Agodi Gate—Idi Ape— Iwo Road interchange.