THE All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo State has given a pass mark to Governor Abiola Ajimobi “on account of responsiveness to the yearnings of the people despite paucity of funds occasioned by the instability of the nation’s economy”.
The party added that the governor has excelled in purposeful governance.
In a statement issued on Saturday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olawale Sadare, APC noted with delight that the renewed cordial relationship between the state government and its workers in the civil service as a result of the governor’s spirited efforts which have yielded the payment of arrears of salaries and allowances to almost all the workers.
According to the statement, ” it took rare courage, management expertise and commitment on the part of Governor Ajimobi to pay workers up till November, 2017 thereby owing them just December salaries after the same people were owed about six months in arrears of salary early last year. It is recalled that the circumstances that brought about inability to pay staff salaries as at when due started in May 2014 during the Goodluck Jonathan era and some states are still enmeshed in it.
“During the Interdenominational Service organized by the state government to usher in the new year, thousands of workers in the state civil service were full of praise for the governor who they described as their best friend. It was all encomiums for Governor Ajimobi since the workers could not hide their joy over the settlement of the backlog of arrears of salaries in the last few months.
“In the same vein, Governor Ajimobi demonstrated his resolve to extend the same Olive branch to those in the employ of state-owned tertiary institutions at the inauguration of the schools’ governing boards on Tuesday. The first task he gave the appointees was to come up with initiative that facilitate prompt payment of salaries and allowances to the lecturers and other category of staff. This is commendable.
“Furthermore, we must commend the Ajimobi administration’s Zero Tolerance for Potholes initiative which has attracted the attention of relevant agencies to the fixing and rehabilitation of some bad portions of public roads in most towns and cities across the state. This is coming at the same time when major dualization and construction of major roads is being intensified to improve road infrastructure state-wide.
“There is no denying the fact that the Pacesetters State has been turned to a construction site in the last six months to the admiration of the discerning indigenes and residents of the state. This has earned Sen. Ajimobi a reputation as having excelled in the areas of restoration, repositioning and transformation as far as Oyo State is concerned. The majority opinion is that he is the best in the history of the state when it comes to offer of purposeful governance by any governor.
“However, we are making a passionate appeal to Governor Ajimobi to begin the implementation of the recently concluded master plan of Ibadan-the state capital by re-introducing the various beautification projects he did in his first term and also ensure that those frustrating the efforts to rid our major cities of dirt and refuse are checkmated”, the statement added.
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