Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said that the state government is on same page with the Supreme Court’s last Friday’s judgment which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances and reinstatement of the dissolved executive and legislature of the 33 local councils in the state.
Speaking in Ibadan on Monday through a press statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to governor, Makinde, declared that the state has showcased commitment to paying off the dissolved chairmen and councillors as far back as February 2020, when its negotiation team, pursuant to the out-of-court order of the Oyo State High Court, offered the council chairmen and councillors the same condition which the Supreme Court just affirmed.
He said the government of Oyo State would comply with the order of the apex court once the details of the ruling are made available, adding: “We are on the same page with the Supreme Court on the ruling which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved local governments.
“The apex court in its decision rejected the dissolution, affirmed that the tenure of the council chairmen had lapsed, while also asking that the state pay salaries and allowances due to them till the end of their tenure. The court also awarded a cost of N20 million and asked the attorney-general of Oyo State to file an affidavit of compliance latest August 7, 2021.
“A similar decision was given against the government of Katsina State, with the same cost of N20 million awarded against it. As far as we are concerned, the Supreme Court, by that judgment, made a policy decision, being a policy court. It was apparently sending a message to states in its attempt to protect elected local government councils,” Makinde said in the statement.