Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has vowed not to be hesitant to break toes that debar the implementation of his programmes, plans of action targeted at the progress and prosperity of the state.
Nigerian Tribune quoted Makinde as making this resolve at an interreligious service of the state government to usher in the new government, held at the state secretariat, Ibadan, on Thursday.
Describing the progress and prosperity of the state as non-negotiable, Makinde said he will not tolerate any albatross in his resolve to prioritise issues of security, expand the state’s economy, reduce government overheads, plug loopholes and engender the productiveness of all civil and public servants.
“When the Chief Imam was preaching, he urged me not to take decisions where I step on people’s toes.
“The progress and prosperity of Oyo State is not negotiable. I will break toes if they stand on the way to the progress of Oyo State,” Makinde said.
Touching on the payment of N30,000 as minimum wage, again, Makinde asserted desire of the state to be the first to pay above the national minimum wage.
He, however, said such development was dependent on the extent to which the state was productive, expanded its economy to increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as well as negotiations with the organised labour.
“I believe in true federalism. Indeed and again, you should hold me accountable. I believe Oyo will be the first state to break ranks on the issue of the national minimum wage.