Makinde Break Silence, Promises to Comply with Court Directives
Oyo State Government has said that it was on the same page with the Justices of the Supreme Court over its May 7, 2021 ruling, which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved chairmen and councilors of local government councils in the state.
The state government in a statement made available to our Correspondent in Ibadan, on Monday, said that as a believer in the rule of law and as a government with the utmost respect for the Supreme Court, it will comply with the ruling of the apex court.
According to the statement endorsed by Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, the government declared that it had showcased its 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.
The government maintained it had offered the council chairmen and councilors the same condition which the Supreme Court just affirmed.
Makinde said his Government will comply with the order of the apex court once the details of the ruling are made available.
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.