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N7.9 Bailout Fund: APC Tasks Makinde to Fulfill Promise of Paying Workers Above N30,000 FG’s Approved Minimum Wage

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has tasked the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to live up to his campaign promises especially now he had received the bailout of N7.9billion from the Federal Government.

Speaking today at the party Secretariat in the aftermath of a successful inauguration of the National Assembly which saw the emergence of Senators Ahmed Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege as President and Deputy President of the Senate respectively, the State Publicity Secretary, Dr. Olatunde Azeez said the Govenor had made certain promises during his electioneering campaign.Some of the promises include paying more than the recently approved N30,000 minimum wage.

“Governor Makinde had said the workers of Oyo State deserve more than the money approved by the federal government, now is the time to live up to that promise. He does not have any excuse not to pay with the money recently released to the State. I am sure the Labour union are aware too. The workers should have cause to smile, going by the Governor’s promise.

“I recall that the Ajimobi administration spent the bailout to clear arrears of workers’ salary in the State, about seven months arrears, Governor Makinde should equally take a cue from this”, Azeez said.

According to the party publicist, the bail out fund is enough to take care of the need of the State. The issue of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology should also be tackled by the governor especially with the promises made before the election. As governor-elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde had met the management of LAUTECH where he again reiterated his promise to rescue the institution from the “claws of death”.

The Party spokesman also advised the State government to complete the purchase of the remaining vehicles for judges in the state.

“The former governor had approved 12 vehicles for judges in the state but due to paucity of funds could only buy Six. The Governor should therefore make it a point of duty to complete the purchase. It is a deserving gesture, the judiciary is an arm of government that is in no way subservient to the Executive arm.”

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