Oyo StateOyo state government said it had reduced political appointees remuneration and spending profile by half with immediate effect.

Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli disclosed that this covers the salaries, allowances and emoluments of all political appointees in the state.

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According to him, the 50% cut in salaries is among belt-tightening measures by government to cope with dwindling revenue.

Alli decried the dwindling federal allocation and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. It currently stands at about N1.5bn monthly. He further stated that the state’s revenue base would be shored up going by the ongoing restructuring and tax drive.

Moves To Increase Revenue

Similarly, the SSG disclosed that about 500 persons failed to turn up for the ongoing verification exercise. He said some who absented themselves from work claimed to be on religious pilgrimage.

Also, Alli listed the efforts by the state government to improve its revenue. It includes ensuring the completion of 10,000 metric tonnes of silos. This will open up of roads for farmers to transport their goods. It will also provide investor-friendly environment and the AgricOyo initiative.

Oyo State Govt Award Road Contracts

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Wasiu Dauda has announced the award of road dualisation projects. The project spans 28.5km and will cost the government about N27.57bn.

The dualisation projects include Saki Township Road from Oke-Ogun Poly to Ilesa Baruba Road (11km) for N8.23bn. Also, Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barrack junction (7km) including an overhead bridge across Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, for N7.18bn.

Others are Agodi Gate-Old Ife Road-Adegbayi junction (7km), including underpass bridge across Lagos-Ibadan expressway for N8.53bn. The expansion of Oke Adu Junction, Agodi Gate-Idi Ape-Iwo Road Interchange (3.2km), costing N3.63bn. The projects will last between 12 and 18 months,

According to Dauda, the state government accessed the special intervention fund of the Federal Government on infrastructure to fund the road projects.

In the same vein, Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Isaac Omodewu, urged owners of filling stations to obtain requisite Certificate of Occupancy or have such structures demolished.

Also, Omodewu urged all illegal occupants to evacuate abandoned properties in the state. He added that the state government is set to acquire such properties.