The Oyo State House of Assembly has agreed to a 30 per cent slash in their monthly allocation effective this month as a result of the drop in the federal allocation and COVID-19 restrictions.
The agreement was reached when Governor Seyi Makinde met with the lawmakers at government house, at the weekend.
The weekend’s meeting was a sequel to a meeting held two weeks where Makinde had initially presented the proposal to the lawmakers, adding that political office holders had to make sacrifices to cushion the effect of a drop in federal allocation on the running of the state.
Makinde had at the two meetings, explained to the lawmakers that the pandemic had resulted in about 60 per cent drop in the federal allocation and that he wanted to ensure that irrespective the economic situation, salary of civil servants must not be slashed or become irregular.
Honorable Kazeem Olayanju, who is the Chairman, Oyo House Committee on Information and Media, revealed that the lawmakers agreed to the slash in the interest of the smooth running of the state.
In his words, “Our income has been slashed by 30 per cent as our support towards COVID-19. The governor brought the idea and we agreed that effective this month, there should be the 30per cent deduction.”