COVID-19: Oyo government slashes allocations of lawmakers by 30 percent

COVID-19: Oyo government slashes allocations of lawmakers by 30 percent

- Members of the Oyo state House of Assembly have reportedly agreed to slash their monthly allocations by 30% beginning from April

- The lawmakers agreed to slash their allocations in the interest of the smooth running of the state

- Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed that the federal government has reduced allocation to the state by 60% due to the pandemic

Following the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus, members of the Oyo state House of Assembly have agreed to slash their monthly allocations by 30% beginning from April.

The Tribune reports that the legislators arrived at the decision after Governor Seyi Makinde held a recent meeting with them.

COVID-19: Oyo state slashes Assembly’s allocation by 30 percent
Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed that the federal government has reduced allocation to the state by 60 percent
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The spokesperson of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Kazeem Olayanju, said the lawmakers agreed to slash their monthly allocations in the interest of the smooth running of the state.

“Our income has been slashed by 30 percent 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," he said.

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Olayanju stated that Governor Seyi Makinde made the lawmakers understand that the federal government has reduced allocation to the state by 60% due to the pandemic.

He said the governor urged political office holders to make sacrifices to ensure that the salaries of civil servants is not be affected by the challenges caused by COVID-19

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Meanwhile, the Oyo state government says wearing of face masks in public places is now compulsory.

Governor Seyi Makinde announced when briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State COVID-19 Taskforce meeting held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Makinde, who noted that the directive was one of the measures to prevent, curtail and control the spread of coronavirus, said that the State COVID-19 Taskforce had reached a decision to implement the measure.

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He also said the state government would produce an initial one million face masks to kick start the mask-wearing policy in the state.

The governor also said that 100 tailors would be inaugurated on Monday for the production of 10,000 face masks each, adding that his government was collaborating with experts who had designed the face mask model to train the tailors.

Makinde said that each of the 100 tailors would engage the services of others and each cluster would be able to produce 2,000 daily thereby hitting the target of 10,000 within the week.

The governor further said that the resumption date for workers had been tentatively shifted to April 27, adding that the new resumption date would still be subjected to further evaluation.

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