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Governor Seyi Makinde’s Broadcast

Picture from Governor Seyi Makinde's Broadcast on August 5, 2023

Being His Excellency Seyi Makinde’s Broadcast, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, to the People of Oyo State on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

My Dear Good People of Oyo State,

I am addressing you today to share our short-term plans, which will play a huge role in alleviating the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy and the resultant economic difficulties being faced by our people. You will recall that on June 9, 2023, following the removal of fuel subsidy, we announced measures to be taken to cushion the effect of the removal.

We gave directives that the number of Omituntun Buses on various routes in Ibadan should be increased and that commuters must pay a reduced fare on these buses. Additionally, our senior citizens and students should board the buses at half price. We have received feedback that this immediate action has benefited our people.

We promised that more would be done. Our plan has always been to roll out sustainable actions in keeping with our promise of sustainable development under Omituntun 2.0. Having been in government for the first four years, we know it is easier to make promises than to keep them.

After wide consultations, we have arrived at decisions that we believe will be of the most benefit to the good people of Oyo State. In reaching these decisions, we considered the importance of using these economic packages to stimulate our economy and bring about sustainable development.

Therefore, the Oyo State Government has resolved to take the following actions tagged Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER). Our SAfER package will ensure a softer landing for the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable in our society. It will also address the need for food security through direct intervention to our farmers. Additionally, we shall be making provisions that will ease the transportation pains of our civil servants and other residents of Oyo State.

Let me now share details of our SAfER package.

  1. Following the pattern of our actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are updating our social register to include two hundred thousand (200,000) of the poorest of the poor. These vulnerable persons will be provided with immediate food relief packages. As usual, we will ensure transparency in the registration process so that only those who qualify will get this immediate relief.
  2. We will be providing health insurance for 100,000 of our most vulnerable households. We will be paying their one-year health insurance premium under the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) scheme, so that they have access to quality healthcare without paying out of pocket.
  3. The Omituntun Bus service will be extended to cover inter-city routes from Ibadan to all other zones of Oyo State. Details of their routes will be released in the coming weeks. So, we will have the buses going from Ibadan to Ibarapa, Ibadan to Ogbomoso, Ibadan to Oke-Ogun and Ibadan to Oyo. The fares will be kept at low rates, while our senior citizens and students will board the buses at half price.
  4. Our farmers have not been left out. To ensure food security, we will be distributing additional inputs to 10,000 farmers. This is in addition to the inputs support being provided under the World Bank-assisted OYS-CARES programme. Further details of this will be released through the relevant agencies in the coming weeks.
  5. Our youth agropreneurs who were trained under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP) and have established businesses, will also have an opportunity to contribute to food security and sustainable development as they will receive enterprise support under the SAfER package. We have committed five hundred million naira (N500,000,000) for this purpose. The beneficiaries will get further directives on this from the relevant agencies.
  6. We have committed a further five hundred million naira (N500,000,000) to assist small businesses to stay afloat through low-interest-rate loans. Our traders, artisans and other small business operators can apply for these loans through designated micro-finance banks. Details of how they may enroll for and access these loans will be announced by the relevant agencies.
  7. We have also resolved that students of tertiary institutions in Oyo State will board the Omituntun Buses at half price upon showing their school identity card. We will also be meeting with their student leaders to agree on further measures which will be added to the SAfER package for students.

Before I announce the next part of our SAfER package, it is imperative that I make the following observations. In the last week, the Oyo State leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have made it impossible for Oyo State Civil Servants to resume work at the State Secretariat. As a government, we believe individuals and groups have a fundamental right to protest. However, we also believe in the axiom, “Your right ends where the right of others begins.” Therefore, while the leadership of the unions may choose to continue with their protest, they do not have the right to restrict Oyo State Civil Servants from accessing the secretariat to carry out their duties as usual.

With the Oyo State economy being fragile, any acts that disrupt the economic wheels of the State is economic sabotage.

I have therefore directed the State security apparatus to ensure that Oyo State Civil Servants regain access to the secretariat starting this Monday, August 7, 2023. I am also by this, directing all civil servants to resume at their duty posts on Monday, August 7, 2023.

As a government, we remain open to parleying with labour to ensure that the rights of the workers of Oyo State are protected. We encourage the union leaders to return to the negotiating table to discuss any increases in salary or possible harmonisation of pension payments.

Let me also state that the Oyo State Government remains one of the most favourably committed to workers’ welfare in the entire federation. Since May 2019, we have paid all civil servants’ salaries and pensions on or before the 25th of every month without fail. And since January 2020, we have paid the minimum wage and consequential adjustments to all cadres of civil servants every month without fail. Presently, the civil servants’ wage bill stands at N7.2 billion monthly. We have continued to pay this despite having a monthly revenue of just below N10 billion. It is, therefore, clear to understand why any increase in salaries or pensions may not be possible at this time.

However, as part of the SAfER package, the Oyo State Government has resolved to:

  1. Increase the number of buses made available for civil servants to commute to and from work from 9 to 12. This will ensure that more routes are covered and lessen the transportation burden of our dear workers.
  2. The two-month cooperatives deductions being owed to Oyo State Civil Servants will be paid along with their August 2023 salaries on the GSM Date. Going forward, the workers who choose to continue making cooperative contributions will work directly with their cooperatives as the Oyo State Government will no longer be making any deductions at source for these cooperatives.
  3. We will pay the health insurance premium for all pensioners under the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) scheme. Any pensioner who has already made payment will be refunded. We remain committed to caring for our dear pensioners who served our state in their youth by ensuring that they continue to receive their pensions promptly along with other workers on the GSM Date.
  4. We will resume the monthly payment of gratuities to our pensioners to continue to clear the backlog of gratuity payments inherited by our administration.

We are sure that with the implementation of the SAfER package in the coming weeks, the Oyo State economy will continue to be strengthened, and the pains being experienced by our people will be lightened.

Also, with the appointment of commissioners for the various ministries, we will begin to implement the Oyo State Roadmap for Sustainable Development 2023-2027 for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.

Long live Oyo State.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Seyi Makinde

August 5, 2023


20 thoughts on “Governor Seyi Makinde’s Broadcast”

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  2. GSM,
    You’re the best.
    I never envisage that a government can have so much milk of human compassion injected into policy at a time like this in Nigeria.

    The labour leaders and their cohorts have failed to recognize who is their best friend. Too late will be their regrets.

    With your decision to stop deduction and remittance of cooperative dues,the age long cooperative institution rooted in oyo state faces imminent collapse.

    But who can blame you? The people will have the instigators of treacherous protest to blame.

    Many household will be adversely affected. Yet, it is their headache anyway!

    Thank you for being the GSM that you are.
    May your source of wisdom and strength never runs dry.

    And your shadow shall never grow less.

    Christopher OMOH
    Citizen & Independent Observer.

  3. All five local government Muslim in ogbomosho town place governor seyi makinde returned only one Muslim chairman in ogbomosho north local government return it

  4. Abimbola Omosapamo ADEKUNLE JP

    Thank you our proactive Governor. Please address the review of minimum pension payment , pay old age health allowance along;the health insurance scheme may not be adequate to all pensioners as envisaged by your administration but the allowance will go round and the health insurance scheme becomes option. The old age health challenges varying significantly and should not be generalized! Please enlist me in the Social Register, please!

  5. Thank you our able governor I’m proud of you for the role out on oil subsidy, but Sir all this are temporary measures. Kindly help us tell the federal government to repear one or two refinarries so that we produced locally and bring down the price of PM’s to avoidable cost this is the only way out. Afunije kii funi ta

  6. Dear Governor, please, remember the Lord’s prayer which says forgive us as we forgive others, omo ko Le mo Ori je ko mo ra lowo. Please forgive our union leaders and let the cooperative deduction continue for the benefits and well-being of Oyo workers.

  7. Mr Governor all you do is talk and Talk. Go ans fix the roads in the state. The roads are in a very bad state. It is because you are always Absent from the state that is why you don’t know, At Alkala express the bridge has kill more person than I could remember no proactive measures from your administration to fix infrastructure. Such a shame that we voted yet all talk and talk. the Bus can it talk us to the inside the answer is No. Dont go down in history as a the worst Governor because history will remember you and your children

  8. Good idea, i commend this government,
    I would want to also support the government’s empowerment program.
    I would want to train 200 Oyo Youth that are interested in high income skill.

    How to sell online using Facebook advertising.

    It will be purely online , i will be teaching for a month uding Google meet.

    The interested participant should have a laptop, smart phone , an internet source and the will to earn online

  9. @He Engineer Seyi Abiodun makinde may your wisdom and strength never runs dry.
    We the people of oyo are very greatful

  10. So far, we commend the Governor for stepping in and bringing peace to the state.
    And also, bringing in SaFER to cushion the suffering of workers.

    However, my reservation is about the deduction from cooperatives that is no longer at source.
    I would suggest the Governor should allow all cooperatives to receive their deductions till when the tenure of the deductions end.

    Hopefully, till when the Governor allows back Deduction from source again….We hope the Governor continue the deduction from source to all Cooperatives , however, it should be with strict supervision.

  11. Theophilus Olatunji Akinola

    With due respect sir I humbly wish you please and please pay our pension arrears. It is long over due with our gratuities. Sir, pardon me to add to it that the delayed in timely payment of gratuities have made everything so ugly in devaluation. The money cannot build neither can it buy a grade 1 tokunbo car. Please kindly settle both the gratuities and pension arrears. God bless

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