THE Government of Oyo State has reaffirmed that concrete arrangements have been put in place to ensure that it clears the salary arrears of its work force and pensioners, disclosing that payment of October and November salaries have been made as further demonstration of its commitment to improving the lives of the people and the welfare of its workers especially in these times of economic recession.
Mr. Toye Arulogun , the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, who reechoed government’s commitment to the payment of workers’ salaries, assured that despite the lingering shortfall from Federation Account, the Abiola Ajimobi led administration will continue to make concerted efforts to meet its wage obligation to the state workforce.
He said the government is committed to the welfare of the people especially its workforce, noting that two months salaries have been paid for three consecutive months from December 2016.
Arulogun emphasized , “the state government is committed to clearing the backlog of salaries owed its workers. In December 2016, the government paid two months salaries for the months of June/July 2016 and repeated the same feat in February 2017 to cater for August/September 2016. The government has now approved and released October/November 2016 payment this month, March 2017, which is another two months’ salary.
“We are doing a lot of financial reengineering to expedite action on payment of arrears to workers in order to cushion the effects of recession in the country. The State Government wants to start paying salaries promptly and that is why more efforts are being put in place to clear the backlogs.
“You will recall that Governor Ajimobi promised at the 2017 Interfaith service with the workers that Oyo State will survive this period. The governor is not relenting in fulfilling his electioneering campaign of welfarism, human face and improvement of lives to the people and so many cost saving measures have been put in place to cut government spending”.
The Commissioner maintained that the payment of the two months salary for October and November 2016 was in line with the governor’s commitment to the welfare of workers, reassuring that the government would continue to give workers’ welfare topmost priority.
Makinde Rues 11 Hectares Undeveloped Land At Samonda GRA
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Friday, expressed his displeasure over the undeveloped 11 hectares of land at the highbrow Samonda GRA in Ibadan, as he called on investors to partner the State to develop the land in order to boost the State’s economy.
The view of the governor was expressed by the State commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem while on inspection tour to some State’s reserved areas and Samonda Ultra-Modern shopping Complex at Ibadan North Local government in Ibadan.
Abiodun who noted with disdain, how over eleven hectares of land within which the ultra-modern shopping complex was situated, adding that the complex would be turned to an annex for the popular Gbagi market as the wished to turn its condition around to make it have international standard.
“The governor is not happy that these vast hectares of land is being put to waste when investors can be called in to use it for things that will help grow the State’s economy, we have gone around and see that the Samonda Shopping Complex needs some touch of revamping after which we will work towards making the complex an annex to the Gbagi market.
“The Ministry will discuss with other concerned Ministries, especially those in charge of the Gbagi market to come up with a plan for proper usage of the place as the present administration will not allow any resources of the state to go to waste, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in partnering the State on this project to come forward with ideas on how to develop the eleven hectares of land for the benefit of the State.”
Barr. Abdu-Raheem called on the landlord association of the Samonda (Aerodome) GRA to desist from distorting the plan of the estate by building on waterways and areas mapped out for recreational purposes.
Oyo Targets N20 Billion Monthly IGR – Olatunbosun
Oyo State government has set a target of hitting 20 billion naira monthly internally-generated revenue (IGR) before the end of the Governor Seyi Makinde’s first term in office.
The State’s IGR was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun at a One Day Workshop for the State media officers which held at the Film Theater of the Ministry on Wednesday.
Olatunbosun said the four cardinal focus of the administration were education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security and all efforts were concentrated at plugging tax holes so as to increase the State’s revenue, urging the media officers to key into the agenda of governor Makinde to achieve the set target.
“It is the belief of Governor Seyi Makinde that Oyo State can be taken from a civil service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy and before the first term of this administration runs out, we will be looking towards achieving about N20billion IGR target.
“You cannot enlighten people as a media practitioner if you are not enlightened, therefore the current administration believes in training of its officers to achieve maximum yield and productivity, especially for them to key into the agenda and aspirations of the government.
“This government is pro-people and would always deal with communication from the bottom to the top, we believe in the use of town hall meetings where all stakeholders would gather and set target for government as well as give feedback on the activities of the administration.
“All these require government media officers to be up-to-date, diligent and efficient, they are the reasons government has embarked on training the officers in this particular cadre among others,” he noted.
Also at the event were the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa and the Executive Assistant to the governor on Administration, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, who said the State government was working towards improving human capital index of the State workers towards enhancing the economy of the State.
Rehabilitation of the grave of a French veteran soldier
The grave of the French veteran – Private Marange number 14503 – renovated in 2018 had been severely damaged in recent weeks.
Also, very quickly, in order to honour his memory, thanks to the assistance of the Directorate of Heritage, Memory and Archives of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the defence mission of the French Embassy carried out a new rehabilitation of the tomb.
This veteran who died for France on June 26, 1943, is buried in the open-ended Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Eldoret, about 150 km from the Ugandan border.
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