Workers in the employment of Oyo State Government may soon heave a sigh of relief over unpaid outstanding salaries and allowances following the approval of the state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi for the immediate payment of all the outstanding monies to them.
This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in a release made available to journalists in Ibadan on Monday.
Disclosing that the payment approved by Governor Ajimobi would cover the salaries of September and October 2018, which are outstanding in the state, Arulogun restated that the state government “is committed to the well-being and welfare of the people of the state, adding, “the payment is an indication of Governor Ajimobi’s steadfast commitment to the welfare of the workforce in the state.”
The Commissioner stated further that Governor Ajimobi is passionate about the welfare of the workers in the state and I’m pledging that the governor is putting machinery in motion to ensure that workers in the state get their salary on or before 25th of every month.
“Before the economic meltdown, the Senator Ajimobi administration used to pay on or before the 25th of every month. During this period, workers in the state also received a 300 per cent increase in salaries between 2011 and 2015 as well as 13th month salaries for three years consecutively.
“There is no doubt that this administration is strongly committed to the welfare of the people and efforts are being put in place to ensure that salaries are no longer owed”, Arulogun said.
The Commissioner charged workers in the state to be diligent, dedicated, devoted, committed and work assiduously towards ensuring financial sufficiency for the state, stating that it is through the Ajumose spirit of collective responsibility of all stakeholders that the financial reengineering being embarked upon by the State Government can be achieved.
It will be recalled that Oyo State government owed up to seven months’ salary in 2016 and the government promised to clear the backlog in due course.