On Monday January 5, Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for the first spoke publicly on the failure of the state government to pay civil servants their December salaries. Addressing workers at the state secretariat, venue of a prayer session to usher in the new year, Ajimobi promised civil servants in the state they would be paid the outstanding December salaries within the next two weeks.
Even though members of the workforce in attendance clapped, most of them grumbled and murmured. They are not easily going to forgive the governor for not paying them on time in order to celebrate the yuletide season with their families and friends.
It would be recalled that IBPulse.com exclusively reported that members of the Oyo state workforce are yet to receive their December salaries, some only recently got their November salaries. Investigations by IBPulse.com revealed the state is not the only one that is owing salaries, a total of 22 states across the federation are owing their workers the December salaries.
In Oyo state however, several civil servants who spoke to IBPulse.com believe the non-payment of salaries pose a major threat to the governor’s second-term ambition. The state governor also made issues difficult and complex by not saying anything publicly until Monday to explain what was wrong just few weeks to the greatest political showdown of all time in Oyo state.