By Richars Thomas, Ibadan
Makinde stated this at an inter-religious prayer organised to usher in the new administration in the state at the state Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
The new Governor also said he believes in true federalism, saying “Oyo State will be the first state in Nigeria to pay above the new minimum wage subject to the income of the state.
“Payment of workers will top our priority in the state, no worker will be witch hunted or circumvented because our intention is to move quickly so that people of Oyo State can move forward.
“There will be training and retraining of workers. Oyo workers will not only be trained locally, but they will also be trained internationally.”
Makinde said the people should hold him accountable for any decision he takes in the state, adding that progress and prosperity of the state is not negotiable.
According to him, his administration will serve the people, for them to enjoy the dividends of democracy, noting that while the people will hold him accountable for his decisions, he will also hold the people accountable as a partner to move Oyo State forward.
Earlier in her remarks, the Head of Service of Oyo State, Alhaja Amidat Ololade Agboola, said the new administration marks a new beginning and the role for a purposeful government.
She said the new government would create a working and enabling environment for workers in the state to be able to discharge their duties effectively.
She, however, lamented that shortage of fund and workforce in Oyo State civil service had been affecting and crippling the effective performance of the workers which posed a great danger to the survival of the service.
Dignitraries at the event included the deputy governor of Oyo State, Eng Rauf Olaniyan, the chief Judge of Oyo State, Hon. Justice Muktar Abimbola, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assemby, Rt Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo, Chief of staff to the governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, and Senator Kola Balogun among others.