By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Monday assured the State workers of prompt payment of their salaries, insisting that payment of their salaries would not depend on Federal government’s monthly allocation.
Abiodun who gave the assurance when he met with the workers at the Governor’s Office premises, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the workers would be paid before the end of every month.
His words, “I want to assure you that you (workers) are central to our vision because the topmost of our vision is good governance and we can’t achieve it without prompt payment of salaries and other benefits.”
“You can’t talk about qualitative service and creation of enabling environment when you are owing salaries. Investors will not even come if we are owing salaries hence, your salaries will be paid as and when due. I have made up my mind to pay your salaries before the end of the month whether allocation from Abuja comes or not”, the Governor affirmed.
The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele charged the civil Servants to be committed to their jobs, with a pledge to expose them to continuous training in order to ensure efficiency and effective performance, describing the workers as the engine room of his administration.
Abiodun reiterated his plans and Programmes to the State workforce, urging them to be patient with him by giving utmost support to his administration.
He said, “Ogun will not be a banana Republic because we won’t tolerate indiscipline. During my first working day in office, I met with the Security Chiefs of the State to discuss extensively the security matters. It will interest you to know that such meeting has not occurred in the last two years”.
Abiodun disclosed, “In the cause of our campaign, we observed that the major disconnect between the government and the governed is the poor rural and township roads infrastructure. Therefore, we are resuscitating the Public Works Department (PWD) to allow us use the in-house men to do the construction of roads and we would train them to meet the global standards.”
“The PWD will have six sections across the State, Abeokuta, ifo, sagamu, Ijebu Ode, Ota and ilaro to ensure their wide coverage and optimum performance. Other major roads like Lagos-sagamu, Lagos-Ijebu Ode-Ata would be constructed using public-private partnership arrangement.”
The Governor emphasised his plan to have an education Master plan to address the “current challenges” in the education sector, build a befitting Primary Health Centre in each of the 236 wards and one specialist hospital in each of the three senatorial districts of the State.
He assured the gathering that his administration would harness the agricultural potentials of the State, predicting that the State would soon be feeding other States with its agricultural produce.
The Governor called for their patience, support and understanding towards achieving his programmes, promising to always engage the workers on a regular basis.
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mr. Lanre Bisiriyu appreciated the governor for the interacting with them and assured that a new chapter had opened in the State.