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Gov. Seyi Makinde Swore In A New Set Of Permanent Secretaries To The Civil Service Of Oyo State.

This morning, Gov. Seyi Makinde swore in a New Set of Permanent Secretaries to The Civil Service of Oyo State. (more…)

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Oyo State Tax Stakeholders “Poverty To Prosperity” Summit

Gov. Seyi Makinde was present at the Oyo State Tax Stakeholders Summit jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, yesterday.

The Governor during his keynote address talked about the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) Roadmap which will facilitate Economic Prosperity in Oyo State.

He also made it known that one of the key plan of the current administration is to increase the Internally Generated Revenue without an increase in tax rate.

He added that the Government is working on faster platforms which will ease the payment of tax and issuance of tax receipt in the State.

He charged the good people of Oyo State to be open to new ideas and creative ways which the Government can use for the expansion of Oyo State IGR.

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My Administration is Committed to Enhancing Independence of Judiciary—Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Monday, that his administration remains committed to the actualisation of the Independence of the Judiciary.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, at the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year, stated that his administration would provide conducive atmosphere for the effective performance of the Judiciary in the state.

The Islamic Special Service for the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year was held at the Central Mosque, Oja’ba, Ibadan, while the Christian Special Service for the same purpose, was led by the Secretary  to the State Government,  Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun and held at the St. James Cathedral, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.

During his speech, Governor Makinde urged the judiciary to shun bias and delay in the discharge of their duties on dispensation of Justice, noting that Justice delayed is Justice denied.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, quoted the Governor as saying that his administration would back the Judiciary in the State to work effectively by providing everything it needed to perform optimally.

He said: “We are not going to allow the Judiciary to be coming cap in hands and be begging for their rights. Every effort will be made to make the dispensation of Justice easier in this regime.”

He also enjoined the Muslim Clerics to continue to pray for the Judiciary on the discharge of their duties, noting that prayer was needed to ensure effective dispensation of Justice.

Governor Makinde hinted that his administration would continue to interact with all other arms of Government in a very peaceful manner.

In their separate remarks, the Deputy Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (Ibadan Branch), Mr.Ibrahim Lawal and the chairman, Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, urged the Executive arm of Government to allow the independence of the Judiciary and provide necessary financial support for them always.

“We urge the Executive arm of Government not to pay lip service to the independence of the Judiciary.

“We reiterate our demand for the establishment of Shari’a Court in the Judiciary would be asked to give their stewardship on the day of Judgement.”

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola; Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Fausat Sanni; Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Rahman Abdul-Raheem and the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator Kola Balogun, were also in attendance at the event.

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Budget Evaluation: Oyo Sets January to December Benchmark

Oyo State Government has disclosed it would henceforth set January to December cycle benchmark for budget planning and implementation in order to give enough room for easy evaluation by the Government and the people.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun made this assertion in her keynote address at a One-Day Sensitization Workshop on the year 2020 budget in Ibadan recently.

Adeosun, who emphasized the need to promote strategic planning with the budgeting system stated that the workshop was essential at the present time to educate and sensitize key officers in charge of the budget on the need to focus on transparency in the budget process which she said would ensure realization of the four pillar development agenda of the Seyi Makinde’s led administration.

Adeosun described the Government budget as the financial mirror of Government policies which derived from strategic planning, enunciated to achieve developmental goals for the citizenry, calling on the officers to see themselves as businessmen who should be all out to make profit on behalf of every citizen of the State.

“The budget is an economic and financial management instrument for allocating resources in order to achieve developmental objectives in an inclusive and sustainable manner and Government primarily exists to provide livelihood for the populace, Government is thus duty bound to provide quality services and public goods in the principle of equity and inclusiveness.

“To achieve this, there is a need to promote strategic planning and introduce best practice into our budgeting system and to make this happen, we have to set a benchmark for easier evaluation of the budget and January to December will be the target,” Adeosun stated.

Adeosun further noted that the Seyi Makinde’s led Government decision to create an independent ministry of budget and Economic planning was driven by the need to have a budgeting system that would be open and highly inclusive, an idea she claimed the previous administrations lacked.

“This administration is entrenching the principle of Budget Realism going forward in 2020. Our failure to perform well in budget execution has long been hinged on the weak link between policies, plans and budget. Hence the decision of this administration to create a Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning. “she said.

Also speaking at the event, the State’s Head of Service, Alhaja Ololade Agboola pointed out that the era of what she termed humongous and extravagant budget was over as the proposed 2020 budget would not only focus on the four cardinal principles and policies of the present administration which were education, health, security and economy but would also ensure its efficiency and effectiveness in other to deliver the dividends of democracy to the entire citizens of the State.

The Honorable Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Barr. Adeniyi Farinto also reiterated at the workshop that the Government would begin January to December budget cycle, starting with the year 2020 budget.

He explained that this will ensure easier evaluation and monitoring of budget by the populace, noting that when a budget runs into the other year, it makes it very difficult to track, monitor and evaluate Government’s performance.

He therefore assured all that on the 31st day of December, 2019, the year 2020 budget would have been presented, screened and passed by the State House of Assembly and also assented to by the Governor.

The State House of Assembly had on Tuesday 3rd of September, reduced the 2019 budget of #282 billion passed into law by the immediate past administration to #182 billion as the incumbent administration described the earlier figure as unrealistic.



Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo’s Wage Bill Increased by N1bn after 2019 Poll-Gov Makinde

…increases car, housing loans for workers. …..’why I am concerned about workers welfare’

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, revealed that the wage bill of workers in the State increased by N1 billion, shortly after the Governorship Election of March 9, 2019.

The Governor, who made the disclosure during an interactive session with workers in the employ of the State Government, held at the State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the development shot up the wage bill to about N5.2 billion from March 10.

A statement from the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also confirmed the increment of car and housing loans to workers as approved by the Governor.

According to the statement, Governor Makinde increased the car loan to Civil Servants from N500,000 to N750,000 and the housing loan from N2 million to N3 million in order to assist the Civil Servants in the State.

The Head of Service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola, had in her speech at the session, disclosed that the Governor had approved a monthly grant of N20 million for car loan for the State workers; N15 million as car loan for Teaching Service Commission staffers and N20 million for housing loan to ensure that more civil servants benefit from the schemes.

“Between March 10 when we were declared the winner of the election and May 29 when we eventually got into office, the salary bill of Oyo State increased by N1billion but we paid it and some questions are being asked. We promised oneness and, for us, that is the path we are going to continue to tread on,” Governor Makinde said.

He, however, maintained that despite the N1 billion increase, his Government had been paying the wage bill.

The Governor further declared that the Government would embark on a verification of workers in the State to ensure that the payroll is not suspicious.

Governor Makinde stated that his administration remained committed to the welfare of workers in the State because as a son of former civil servants, he was fully aware that workers need the support and assistance of the State Government to do good things.

He also called for the cooperation and involvement of workers to carry out the verification within the shortest period of time in order to free up some funds that can make the Government execute some of the things workers were asking for such as training and retraining.

He said: “The not-so-good news, which will be good in the end is that, we have to carry out a verification exercise. This is not to witch-hunt anybody but to convince ourselves that we don’t have fraud in our payroll system. If we are able to save money through that exercise, we can also utilise growth to take care of the welfare of the workers and use the rest for the generality of the people of Oyo State.

“So, I want to solicit for your cooperation, involvement and support to carry this out within the shortest period of time. This exercise will free us some money that can make us do some of the things you are asking for; by training, both local and foreign. So, I am assuming I will have your support concerning the issue of the payroll.”

He added: “The federal allocation is a little short of N5billion naira but the salary is N5.1 to N5.2billion naira for the state workers in Oyo State. For the local government teachers and others, it is about N3billion naira. On a monthly basis, we have to look for N8billion naira to make payment for the salaries.

“The good news is, one, the Federal Allocation into the local government is around N5b as well and they are paying N3b for the teachers, workers, traditional rulers and it all comes to about N3.2b or thereabout. So, the good news is that the local government, at this point, is able to cover their wage bill.

“Also, the good news since when we came in is, we have not embarked on any serious capital project at the local level because there is still turn-in to sort out that level of governance. With the extra N2b we get on a monthly basis, we must have accumulated N8billion naira sitting in the Local Government account.

“The internally generated revenue IGR is about N2billion naira. We do take from the IGR to augment salaries. Of course, we have to do things for the generality of the people of Oyo State. We have to carry all the capital projects. We also have to do things that will expand our economy to make our IGR go on,” Governor Makinde said.

He, therefore, urged the civil servants to be open to challenges and to move in the same direction with his Government, saying that “though we have made little progress, we are not satisfied. For us, those are marginal but if we all can work together we can really make giant progress. The political office holders cannot do it alone. If we have your support, we can together to achieve the desired result.”

He also warned those seeking to divide the people of the State along religious lines, saying: “Governance for us is beyond politics or religion. Nobody under my watch will be discriminated against because of political leaning or religion. So, those who want to divide us with political or religion sentiment should find another work to do.”

Welcoming the workers to the venue, the Secretary to the State Governments (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, thanked the workers for their cooperation with the administration so far, adding, however, that they should do more.

Earlier in her speech, the Head of Service told an ecstatic crowd of workers that Governor Makinde increased the car loan to civil servants from N500,000 to N750,000 and the housing loan from N2 million to N3 million in order to assist the civil servants in the State.

She charged the workers to be more committed to their duties and shun any activity that could tarnish the image of the service and their families in general.

“This is the time for us to be rededicated to our duties. Truancy, lateness to work, disloyalty to the Government, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts would not be condoned and anyone found culpable of such acts should be ready to face the wrath of the law,” Agboola said.

Also speaking, the Oyo State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Bayo Titilola-Sodo, commended Governor Makinde for showing commitment to workers’ welfare since assuming office.

Titilola-Sodo, who made reference to the prompt payment of salaries and pensions on or before 25th of every month, however, called on the Governor to consider the filling of vacancies in ministries and agencies, fulfill his campaign promises on training and retraining and resolve pending matters on transfers and conversion of workers in the State.

Governor Makinde had, while responding to demands from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman, Mr. Bayo Titilola-Sodo and civil servants in the State, said that his Government would remain open to workers in the State, noting that a dedicated phone line would be given to workers to interact with him 24/7.



Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

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Makinde Jerks Up Car and Housing Loan for Civil Servants in Oyo State

Says workers should be committed to their duties

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has reaffirmed the commitment of his administration’s welfare to the Civil servants in the State by increasing the Car and Housing loan schemes from Five Hundred Thousand Naira to Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira and the housing loan from Two Million Naira to Three Million Naira in order to assist the Civil servants in the State.

The Governor made the disclosure through the Head of Service of the State, Mrs. Amidat Agboola at the interactive session with Civil and Public Servants in commemoration of One Hundred Days Celebration held at Governor’s Office Car Park Ibadan.

“Governor Seyi Makinde has approved that Car loan scheme and housing loan Scheme be reviewed upward. To this end, the maximum amount for Car loan is now Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (#750,000.00) from five hundred thousand Naira (N500,00.00) while the housing loan has also increased from Two Million Naira(#2000,000.00)  to Three Million Naira(#3000,000.00).”

HOS stated that the Governor was also approved monthly grant #20,000,000.00 for car loan form mainstream, #15,000,000.00 as Car loan for TESCOM Staff and #20,000,000.00 for Housing Loan to ensure that more Civil Servants are benefited from the Schemes.

Mrs. Agboola therefore charged all the Civil and Public Servants to be more committed to their duties and shun any activity that can tarnish the image of the Service and their families in general.

She urged them to rededicate themselves to the duties and desist from truancy, lateness to work, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts that could jeopardize their carriers.

“This is the time for us to  be rededicated to our duties, truancy, lateness to work, disloyalty to the Government, embezzlement, hobnobbing and other improper conducts would not be condoned and anyone found culpable of such act should be ready to face the wrath of the law”.

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Oyo Government Pays Over #1. 4 Billion As Gratuity

As part of the activities marking  the first 100 days in office of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State,  Engr. Seyi Makinde, an approval for the payment of over #1. 4 billion has been given by the Governor for disbursement to retired primary school teachers and Local Government staff, in the Pacesetter State.

While flagging off   the distribution of cheques to the benefiaries at the Conference Room of Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Water Corporations Building, Secretariat, Ibadan, the State Head of Service, Alhaja Hamidat Olololade Agboola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Office of the Head of Service. Alh. Fatai Oladeinde, stated unequivocally that the State Government, under Engr. Seyi Makinde, was opening another record in terms of Pensioners welfare in the State by flagging off the payment of gratuity to about one thousand Pensioners from primary schools and Local Government, who retired between 2010 and 2012.

“The present administration is not oblivious of the hardship, pains and challenges being faced by our senior citizens, as a result of the backlog of unpaid benefits over the years. Governor Seyi Makinde has therefore resolved to face the challenge squarely. All he needs from us is our support and prayers so as to take the State to an enviable height, ” Alhaja Agboola said.

Earlier in her address of welcome, the Secretary Oyo State Local Government Staff Pension Board, Dr. (Mrs.) Ayodele Busari had  appreciated God for making the day a reality., affirming that  ” with the magnanimity of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, in releasing this lump sum at once, our senior citizens will definitely be repositioned financially to enjoy life after retirement.”

Speaking further, Dr. Busari eulogised the Governor for his support towards the course of the retirees in the State, and for his political will to actualize his vision.” Indeed, it is the dawn of a new Era not only for Pensioners but for the people of Oyo State in general”, she said.

In their various goodwill messages, the State NLC Chairman, Comrade Bayo Titilola Sodo, the State NUP Secretary, Comrade Segun Abatan and one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Afolabi Sunday Abiodun, all expressed their gratitude to Engr Seyi Makinde for making the economy of Oyo State to boom through this gesture because the money would definitely circulate round the State. They then prayed for him not to have evil advisers who would want to derail his administration.


Adeola Oduola.

Director of Education and Social Services,

Oyo State LGSC,



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