BY LEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor
Key decisions taken by Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi since he took over on May 29, has started generating loud complaints among people of the state just as his predecessor, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala said his May salary was withheld on the orders of Governor Ajimobi.
Also, the salaries of all political office-holders for the month of May were equally stopped.
According to Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, Prince Dotun Oyelade and Chief Gbade Ishola – all aides of the former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala said; “The non-payment of the salaries of the former Governor and his aides for the month of May confirms the desperation of Ajimobi’s Administration to rake up money from every available source to meet first, the expectation of the God-fathers who, by honest calculation, are not few, on their investments towards his manipulation into office as the Governor.”
In a submission made available to SaturdayVanguard, the trio, from different zones of the state, added that; “if the following decisions taken by Senator Ajimobi since he assumed office over 30 days ago are considered, there are ample evidences that the Governor did not make consultation. What for example informed the appointments of the following principal officers of Government, who have no knowledge of Public Administration, the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Chief of Staff, none is versed in Public Administration nor of any vested political value or interest.”
“Virtually all the policy decisions so far made by Senator Abiola Ajimobi are private sector driven; the hire and fire syndrome. In Public Administration, such decisions must have human face.
“To all intents and purposes, our Governor, despite his educational qualification has failed to realize that as soon as he took the oath of office, he has become the Governor of the people of Oyo State and not the ACN Governor. Unfortunately, all the decisions so far taken by him were targeted at his perceived enemies.”
How else does one explain the dismissal of 262 Traffic Officers of the Road Management Authourity, a scheme put in place by the last Administration not only to alleviate poverty and ameliorate the sufferings of qualified young men/women who roam the streets but also to ease road traffic problems not only in Ibadan but the entire Oyo State.
“Secondly, the N18,000 minimum wage which has become his albatross has plunged his Administration into confusion.
Having originally agreed to honour the minimum wage demand, Ajimobi has reneged on that promise and has now offered the workers a reduced salary N9,400.00 per month as against his campaign promise of N18,000.00 and his later offer of N13,500.00 which according to him is Ekiti State model. Ajise bi Oyo laari, now it is Ajise bi Ekiti. We hereby use this medium to sympathize with the Oyo State workforce over the trauma they have been subjected to over their legitimate right by Governor Ajimobi who has been consistently inconsistent.
“He has only succeeded in playing politics of deceit with the Oyo State Civil Servants and the good people of Oyo State in his desperate quest for political power at all cost. We recall that one of the campaign promises of Senator Ajimobi to the workers was the payment of 13th month salary in addition to N18,000 minimum wage if he was voted to power.
“For his policy summersault, he has continued to blame inadequate funding from Abuja for his inability to meet the workers demand. But come to think of it, this month alone, Oyo State Government quietly received over N6.5 billion accruing from the Federation Account. The question of borrowing money to augment needed finances to pay workers is nothing but a smokescreen to divert public fund to service accumulated campaign bills.”