The new governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, began his tenure on two controversial notes.
- He announced that even though there is now a federal law that mandates all employers (including state governments) to pay a minimum wage of N30,000 to workers, Oyo state civil servants should not expect it. At least not immediately. “With the way the Oyo state account currently stands, I will be deceiving you if I said we are capable of taking on this burden,” Makinde said.
- He also sacked chairmen of all the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the state. He directed that they shoud all hand over to the Heads of Local Government Administration (HLA) or the most Senior Directors in their local government areas and councils.
- The governor placed an embargo on all local and state government accounts until further directives.
Pushback from LG chairmen: While the organised labour is yet to publicly speak on the governor’s position on the minimum wage, local government chairmen are already pushing back against his directive.
- In a statement on Thursday, the chairmen described their sack as “undemocratic and illegal.”
- Addressing the press in Ibadan, the chairmen, led by chairman of Oluyole Local Government Area, Ayodeji Abass-Alesinloye, vowed to stay on, despite the “military-like statement” issued by the governor.