Ogun State Government Refute Plans To Sack Workers

ogunThe Ogun State Government has refuted the allegations by the Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it was planning to reduce the size of its work force, if Governor Ibikunle Amosun is re-elected next month.

In a press statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the government described the allegations as false.

It further stated that, not only was there any plan to retrench workers, but a fresh recruitment exercise was at an advanced stage.

“We have no reason to reduce the size of the work force because the workers remain an integral part of the successful pursuit of our mission to rebuild Ogun State. Indeed, our assessments have indicated need for additional personnel in key areas. They have contributed to the visible developments in our state.”

“That is why despite the fact that the immediate past government defaulted on its salary wage bill which was about 4billion naira just before the advent of our administration, we have successfully coped with  increase in total public sector wage bill to N6.2 billion a month and we have paid the workers up to date”

“Again, we have not only cleared the backlog of salaries and deductions inherited from the last PDP administration, we have also paid 42 months deductions without any hitch. We now have an arrangement with workers on how to pay the outstanding ones and that was one of the agreements we reached with the workers during our last interactive session with them”, the Government stated.

It was also stated that the present administration in Ogun State is worker friendly, and that is why it has recruited over 20,000 workers into various sections of the public service in the last three and half years.

The government however assured the workers that the Amosun administration will continue to protect their interests by giving them their dues and the size of service that would continue to grow, so that the state can cope with the challenges from its emerging modern economy.

The Government further advised the people to ignore the falsehood being dished out by the opposition party.

SME’s Spur Economic Development- Amosun

Amosun_ogunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday placed emphasis on sensitising people on the efficacy of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s) to incite both economic and social developments.

Amosun, who made the submission when he hosted the National Executive Members of the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in his office, called on the association to sensitise the people more on the efficacy of SME’s.

Stressing the importance of SME’s, Amosun stated that “it is critical to any worthy economic development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goal”, he said.

The governor noted that the SME’s form the bedrock for nurturing large scale industries in Nigeria, maintaining that it is capable of providing the necessary raw materials for the industries and probable to gainfully employing the teeming unemployed youths.

“No nation can develop without the real sector while the SME’S are pivotal to provision of raw materials for the large industries and more probable in keeping our teeming unemployed youths off the street,” he said.

He also added that his administration subscribes to a private sector-driven economy and also committed in creating an enabling environment for industries to thrive in the state, which according to him has been repositioned to be the most industrially developed state in the country.

National President of NACCIMA, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar commended the governor for transforming the state, noting that the rebuilding mission of the Amosun administration has been very successful.

Abubakar said employing agricultural development in enhancing the living standard of the rural dwellers cannot be overemphasized and pledged the support of the body in assisting the state to have more industries that would improve its fortunes.

“Some of us who have not been in Ogun for some time now are amazed by the development we have seen and we congratulate you on your success in the Mission To Rebuild Ogun State. We would be visiting again when you permit to discuss how we can establish industrial cluster in Ogun State,” he stated.