The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has ordered a 50 percent cut from the salaries of senior political appointees.
Makinde, announced this during the Workers’ Day celebration held at the Labour House, Ibadan on Friday.
The governor who commended the workers for their understanding in the fight against the pandemic, said he had also secured the cooperation of the legislators to take a 30 percent cut off their monthly allocations
“The next couple of months are going to be difficult but we are working hard to mitigate the shocks to our economy.
“We must on this day appreciate the efforts of those who have taken pay cuts so that others may be catered for and I am happy that under this administration, the wellbeing of the common man takes precedence.
“We will continue to put in the work needed to ensure that you are never paid with “bear-with-us” at the end of any month.
“We salute the workers who have sacrificed their earnings at this time; those whose businesses have been affected by the partial lockdown in Oyo State,” Makinde said.
He said COVID-19 had struck and it was now the responsibility of all stakeholders to build something out of this pandemic that would make generations to come out proud.
“After COVID-19, we will be left with an economy which must be grown and sustained. I will make the tough decisions so that our economy can thrive.
“We want to get our economy back on track and this is why we have started opening up the system while keeping an eye on the reports from the Oyo State COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre.
“We have partially opened up the State Secretariat. We are picking up infrastructural projects that we have had to hold off.
“Already, some projects were approved last week. We are injecting funds to kick-start our economic recovery”
Makinde solicited the support of workers and promised that the state government would keep paying the new minimum wage on the 25th of every month.
He further called on those with relevant business ideas that can boost the economy to come forward.
“ For those businesses that have been affected at this time, we are open to listening to your ideas and suggestions that will bring you back to the mainstream gradually,” he said.