In order to cope with the financial situation of the state, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has slashed the salaries of political office holders and appointees. Amosun spoke on Thursday, at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital, during the 2011 World Teachers’ Day celebration.
He said the slash would enable the state save funds for infrastructural development. Amosun said: “In spite of the poor financial position of the state, we pay salaries and were the first to pay the new minimum wage. We also added N250 to it to show that we love our workers. “The least you will expect is that the workers would be dedicated to their duties and pay all levies and taxes stipulated by the law. Tax has a law that governs it and it must be obeyed. We are all affected by it, politicians are not left out.
“Never in the history of this state have political office holders and appointees collected so low as salary. When I discovered that we needed a lot of funds to develop the state, I sent a bill to the Assembly to reduce the salary of political office holders and appointees. “All of us are affected, even I. As we speak, my commissioners don’t have accommodation and cars, and workers know we are making all these sacrifices to make this state great again.
“When people pay tax promptly, we will use it to construct new roads and workers will use the roads too; we will use it to fund education and their children will attend these schools.
“We will use it to fund healthcare sector and workers too will benefit. With all these, the least you will expect is that your workers cooperate with you and not taking instructions from outside to cause problems for the government. No responsible government will allow that and I won’t allow it.”
The governor said his administration plans to build 50 model schools across the state.
Commissioner for Education SegunOdubela said the government is working on ways to motivate teachers.
Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chief MufutauAjibola said the government has approved the payment of two of the five years accumulated leave bonuses of teachers.