By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola said his government has been prudent in spending to sustain the full payment of workers salaries and other emoluments.
The governor who promised to continue with the payment of full salaries for as long as he remains the Governor of the State said his resolve never to toy with workers’ welfare was informed by the injunctions of the two holy books that workers’ sweats must not dry off before they are paid their wages.
Oyetola spoke at the maiden edition of Civic Engagement Programme tagged “Apero” on Tuesday in Ikirun.
The governor, who said his government release money only on things with pressing needs, noted that his priority is the general well-being of workers and the entire citizens of the state.
“Everything we have been doing has been possible with the help of God. We have ensured that we serve you with fear of God and that’s why God has been supporting us. The only thing I can say about finances is that as a government, we are very prudent with our spending. We release money only on things with pressing needs. But then, workers salaries and pensions are key while other things can follow,” the Governor stated.
On the recommendations of the Education Panel Review Committee, the governor said the State Executive Council would look at the recommendations to take a decision on it.
On agriculture, Oyetola said the state government had been assisting farmers with fertilizers, seedlings, as well as the grading of farm roads for easy accessibility.
Earlier in her remarks, the Commissioner For Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode said the programme was organised for government to interact with the citizen of the state.
Egbemode said this was to enable people to tell the government about its activities and for the government to tell people of its achievements in all the sectors.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu In a presentation on the achievements of his Ministry, said the governor approved N400 million for the take-off of Osun Health Insurance Scheme.
Isamotu also said that the state government had embarked on the renovation of Primary Health Care Centres in the state with needed equipment and drugs.
He said Government has also approved the payment of CONMESS and COHNESS to doctors and other health workers.
On his part, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Folorunsho Adedoyin said the State Government was planning to recruit 2,000 teachers into public schools.
Adedoyin said the government would also embark on training and retraining of teachers to enhance quality education in the state.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Remi Omowaiye said the state government had embarked on massive road construction in the state.
Omowaye said state government had earmarked N5.2 billion for the reconstruction of 54.3 kilometres of roads in the three Senatorial District in the State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture also explained the government’s support for farmers with fertilizer, the building of rural roads through O’Ramp, and helping them to obtain a loan through the Central Bank.
He added that over 1800 farmers had been engaged in cassava planting with the government targeting 6000 farmers.