Governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola has assured that his administration would continue to pay the full salary of workers as and when due as long as he reamins in the office as governor.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday, at the maiden edition of the public engagement programme tagged ‘Apero’ held in Ikirun for the people of Ifelodun, Boripe and Odo-Otin federal constituency.
Fielding questions from citizens on various policies and programmes of government, Oyetola said full payment of workers’ salaries and other emoluments remained one of the topmost priorities of the administration.
According to him, the government has managed to sustain full payment of salaries and pensions in spite of paucity of funds, stressing that his resolve was never to toy with workers’ welfare.
“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. That is what we do, there is no magic about it”, the Governor stated.
Earlier in his remarks, Commissioner for Education, Honourable Folorunso Bamisayemi said, Governor Oyetola has directed employment of 2,500 additional teachers as part of the administration commitment to rejig education in the state.
He said, “A lot has been achieved in the education sector particularly in ensuring an improved welfare for teachers. Half of the pension recently paid was given to teachers. Volunteer Inspectors of Education would be launched by the Governor soon. This team comprised the retired teachers and instructors to ensure that discipline is retained in our schools.
“This will also go a long way to improve on the standard of education. Governor is helping the indigent students to pay their WAEC fees to make them feel a sense of belonging. We are building, refurbishing classrooms. We have met and incorporated all Old Students Associations to support us in the development of education as government cannot do it alone.”
The governor who corroborated this said, “The strategy of community policing will be deployed in the management of teachers in rural areas, as qualified teachers within certain localities will be employed and retained in their respective communities.
He also hinted that the state government will try its best to ensure that rural posting of teachers is made attractive.
According to him, “rural posting is a standard practice which the government isn’t ready to change. However, we would ensure the incentives for teachers posted to rural areas are not denied them to encourage them to stay.”
Also, in their separate remarks, the Commissioners for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu; Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Siji Olamiju; and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dayo Adewole reeled out the achievements of the government in the various ministries.