By Steve Orji
Since 2011, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has kept faith with Oyo State workers and pensioners. In adversity and prosperity, the governor made workers the capstone of his administration.
Oyo State has about 101,000 public servants and pensioners, which, unarguably, is one of the largest workforces in the country; with a monthly wage bill of about N4.5bn. The figure had dropped from the erstwhile N5.2bn due to the suspension of some budget components, in agreement with labour unions. Suffice to say that the oscillating monthly allocation from the Federation Account, in the region of N3.5bn, and internally generated revenue of about N1.5bn, is grossly insufficient to meet the growing developmental needs of Oyo. Today, 100 per cent of the allocation from the central vault is committed to payment of salaries in a rare gesture by the governor, while other recurrent and capital…
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