A socio-cultural group, Oyo Development Initiative (ODI), has urged the Oyo State Government to strengthen its efforts at diversifying the state’s economy in order to meet the demands of the workers, the needs of the citizenry as well as the development requirements of the state.
The group, in a statement by its coordinator, Dr. Adesola Okanlawon, said the government has demonstrated commitment to transparency, integrity, good governance and fostering a cordial relationship with the workers by paying the two months salaries agreed upon during the negotiation to resolve the last industrial dispute in the state.
While commending the government for fulfilling its agreement to the labour union, the group appealed to the administrators of the state not to rest on their oars, saying that, they should put in more effort to clear the outstanding salaries.
According to the statement, “the government has demonstrated commitment to workers’ welfare by promptly paying the two months salaries stipulated in the last agreement owed the workers. Though, this is not all that is owed, the Oyo State government should be commended for the payment in meeting its part of the agreement. We urge them not to relent as the outstanding months salaries should be paid in due course.
“We understand the present economic problem facing the country but there is always a way out of every problem. The government should block all the loopholes affecting the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR). The renewed IGR drive should be transparent and government should put into judicious use the revenue generated.
“We believe that with the expected increase in the revenue of the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi will pay the workers as and when due and there will be more development projects in the state which were the hallmarks of his first term in office. The quantum of his first term welfarist achievements and laudable projects gave him the unprecedented second term mandate,” the group explained.
Okanlawon urged the state government to create more awareness about taxes, levies and duties in the new IGR drive and how it would be beneficial to the state and its citizenry, adding that, the progress of Oyo State great is the responsibility of all and sundry.
The statement by the group concluded that the reliance on the monthly allocation from the federal government should be a thing of the past and more effort should be put in place for the state to generate enough revenue to meet the yearnings of its citizens.