COVID-19: Oyo Assembly Agree on 30% Pay Slash
Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Media and Information, Mr Kazeem Olayanju has said the decision of the 9th assembly to agree to the slash on its monthly allocation by the executive is in the interest of the state.
The lawmakers agreed to a thirty percent slash in their monthly allocation effective from this month due to the threat posed on the state’s economy by COVID-19.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, Mr Olayanju said the assembly will reduce its operational cost to ensure projects and programmes of the state including the free education policy never suffer setbacks.
The lawmaker representing Irepo-Olorunsogo state constituency noted that members in the present assembly is also complimenting efforts of Governor Makinde by distributing relief materials to constituents from their personal purse.
Mr Olayanju appealed to residents of the state to observe social distancing, regular washing of hands and other personal hygiene as advised by health practitioners.
Reacting, a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Kayode Omojuwà who commended the lawmaker for the sacrifice said such efforts by politicians will compliment efforts of well-meaning individuals who had donated to government.
Professor Omojuwa who explained that if such cut is effected on the capital expenditure, it would affect some operational functions of the assembly noted that no sacrifice was too much to give at a time like this.
He added the sacrifice made by the lawmakers would be for a short period of time after which things will come back to normal after the pandemic.