The Governor of Oyo State, Engr Oluseyi Makinde has revealed how he has been able to pay civil servants salaries by the 25th of the month saying civil servants salaries is the first line charge from the federation accounts.
He said this yesterday while featuring on the quarterly Radio and Tv live interview programme, Meet the Governor, on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).
He said the civil servants salaries is been deducted immediately the monthly federal goverment allocation is been disbursed to states also promising the state civil servants to be expecting their 13th month salary which they received last 6 years ago during the first tenure of the last administration under Sen Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi by the 29th of this month.
Speaking on when to start paying the new minimum wage, he disclosed that a joint committee on negotiation has been constituted on the 20th of December 2019, to determine whether the state can afford to pay the Federal government adopted percentage or work out a new one.
The Governor, who addressed a wide range of issues raised by the three-man panel of interviewers and residents of the states who made phone calls into the programme, said that though the government had been getting a good report about security in the state following the immense efforts of the administration in redesigning the security architecture; distribution of security vehicles and procurement of communication equipment, among other steps, it was not going to rest on its oars.
He commended the security agents saddled with the responsibility of policing the state and the people for their cooperation, noting that statistics have shown that the state has recorded the lowest crime rates in this Yuletide period.
He stated that the development was a confirmation of the fact that his administration has taken security a notch higher in the state.
However, he maintained that the internally generated revenue of the state has to soar high if there will be meaningful development in the state.