Ajimobi splashes N15.6m on workers
By Bisi Oladele
The inter-faith prayer service heralding the New Year turned into a prize giving event yesterday as Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi doled out N15.6 million cash gifts to civil servants. The service was held at the Car Park of the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, the state capital. Ajimobi, who said he was happy with the conduct of the civil servants, their dressing and dedication to duty in the past year, donated N10 million to those (civil servants), who turned up for the service. He donated N5 million to workers of the State Water Corporation for beating the deadline for the rehabilitation of the Asejire Waterworks. Ajimobi said the project has resulted in regular water supply in Ibadan and its environs.
He gave N250,000 to an official of the State Printing Press, Mrs. Margaret Olatoun Oluwafemi, and N250,000 to other workers of the company for printing the service programme well. The governor gave N100,000 to Mr. Oyelola Okunlola of the Office of the Surveyor-General for appearing well-dressed at the occasion. He said the donations were from his personal purse, adding that he will always appreciate quality. Ajimobi said: “I am a man of quality. I urge you never to settle for less, but to always have a positive attitude to service. You must also inculcate it into your children.” On the proposed salary review, he said a committee would be constituted this month to look into it.
The governor urged workers to redouble their efforts towards improving the Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR). He said a car assembly plant will soon begin operation in Ibadan, adding that this will make brand new cars affordable for civil servants. Ajimobi said the construction of low cost houses is ongoing to provide affordable housing for civil servants. He said many government guest houses in the GRA were being reconstructed into luxury apartments and would be sold to residents.
In their sermons, Dr. Segun Olatunji, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), and Sheikh Ahmad Rufai, the Chief Imam of the Government House Mosque, urged civil servants to support the government and be committed to their work.
They called for unity among members of the political class to ensure the success of the Ajimobi administration.