By Stella Obi
OYO State Government has stated that it was on the same page with the Justices of the Supreme Court in its May 7, 2021 ruling, which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved chairmen and councilors of local government councils in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, says Oyo State Government as a believer in the rule of law, will comply with the ruling of the apex court.
The government declared that it had showcased its commitment to paying off the dissolved chairmen and councilors as far back as February 2020, when its negotiation team, pursuant to the out-of-court order of the Oyo State High Court, offered the council chairmen and councilors the same condition which the Supreme
Court just affirmed.
According to the statement, the Government of Oyo State would comply with the order of the apex court once the details of the ruling are made available.
The statement read: “We are on the same page with the Supreme Court of the land on the ruling which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved local governments.
“The apex court in its decision rejected the dissolution, affirmed that the tenure of the council chairmen had lapsed, while also asking that the state pay salaries and allowances due to them till the end of their tenure.”
“The court also awarded a cost of 20 million naira and asked the Attorney General of Oyo State to file an affidavit of compliance
latest August 7, 2021.
“A similar decision was given against the Government of Katsina State, with the same cost of 20 million naira awarded against it.
“As far as we are concerned, the Supreme Court, by that judgment, made a policy decision, being a policy court. It was apparently sending a message to states in its attempt to protect elected local governments councils.”
“Recall that the state government had long before the ruling of the Supreme Court offered to pay the salaries and allowances of the dissolved local government chairmen. The said council chairmen scuttled the bid at the time because they came up with absolute terms, insisting that they must return to the councils with all their aides.”