Ajimobi vows not to retrench workers, explains delayed salaries
The executive governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi has promised workers in the state that he will not be retrenching civil servants in the state even as federal allocation to the state continues to deplete. The governor said this yesterday while addressing civil servants in the state that attended the 2016 inter-faith prayer event.
The governor who was represented by the head of service, Mr. Soji Eniade mni said Oyo state government has commenced the process of repositioning the Board of Internal Revenue and other Revenue generating Agencies to enhance Internally Generated Revenue in the State.
“As we are all aware, there has been a massive reduction in the allocations made to States of the Federation due to continuous fall in the price of Crude Oil at the global market. His Excellency, the Executive Governor has put in place meaningful strategies that would further enhance the State IGR in Year 2015. The efforts of His Excellency would soon start to manifest by the special grace of God and maximum support and cooperation by all of us,” he said.
He disclosed that the issue of delay in salary payment is a national phenomenon not peculiar to Oyo state. According to him, virtually all states of the federation have one difficulty or the other in ensuring prompt payment of salaries.
“This does not even exclude the Oil Producing States whose allocations are far better than that of Oyo State. To ameliorate the situation we must be more energetic and more strategic in our internally revenue generation drive. If not the poor situation will persist,” he said.
The Head of Service added that the governor has approved that 90% of every monthly federal allocation be set aside for payment of salaries.
“In addition payments of outstanding leave bonus for Years 2014 and 2015 have commenced. These are laudable measures that have brought some succor to the State workers. His Excellency’s kind gesture must be reciprocated by hard-work, diligence, commitment and loyalty. Unworthy elements who violate government rules and regulations and are unethical in their conduct will be shown the way out of the service and those who are found guilty of any act of misconduct that are criminal in nature will be prosecuted. A word is sufficient for the wise,” the head of service said.
Staff verification exercise
The government said its staff verification exercise was not programmed to witchhunt workers but to put things in proper perspectives, the HoS said the exercise was aimed at removing redundancy and improving productivity.
“The Exercise was also conducted to have in place a dependable data base, capturing officers presently on ground and their positions to allow Government channel her human resource for effective, prompt and quality service delivery,” he said.
He urged civil servants in the state to continue to uphold the principles and ethics of the Civil Service.
“We must give our maximum support and loyalty to the present administration. I am sure that the present situation will bring the best out as because every latent and untapped ideas will be made manifest,” the head of service told the workers.