The Ogun State Government has promised not to reduce its staff strength in spite of the prevailing economic challenges confronting it and the country.
The assurance was given by the Secretary to State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, who addressed journalists in his office on Tuesday.
Mr. Adeoluwa said rather than lay off workers, the state government would increase its revenue base to augment the shortfall from the Federal Government Allocation.
He said government has been able to meet up its financial obligations to workers largely due to its fiscal discipline and unshaken commitment to their welfare.
“We have a Governor who believes that everything is about the people. Our Governor puts the welfare of the people at the forefront. There can’t be downsizing of the workforce’’, the scribe said.
Mr. Adeoluwa maintained that the outgoing year witnessed gross financial decline occasioned by huge reduction in federal allocation to the State because of the sharp drop in the price of crude oil globally.
“We didn’t know that things would be worst in 2015. We began to see decline in our financial status so much so that States had to be bailed out by the Federal Government. The Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has been able to manage the State’s finances and weather the storm because he prioritizes payment of workers’ wages and salaries’’, he said.
While projecting into the coming year, Mr. Adeoluwa said the Ibikunle Amosun – led Government would not disappoint the people who freely gave him their mandate for another term in 2015. He said “better days are ahead in the coming year’’.