The Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured workers in the state that their salaries would be paid before the end of every month irrespective of delay in federal government allocation.
He gave this assurance while meeting with the state workforce at the arcade ground in the State Secretariat, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
“It gladdens my heart to be in your midst. I consider serving this state as a rare honour and may the Lord that started this journey allow it to end in praises. I want to assure you that you(Ogun State 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 who was accompanied by his deputy charged the civil Servants to be committed to their jobs, with a promise to expose them to continuous training in order to ensure efficiency and effective performance describing them as the engine room of his administration.
The Iperu Prince 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 theSecurity 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. 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, Therefore, we are resorcitating the Public Works Department 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 yards across the state i.e 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 and Agbara-Atan will 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 respectively.
He assured the gathering that his administration will 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, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu appreciated the governor for the interaction with the workforce with an assurance that a new chapter had opened in the state.