The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, declared on Tuesday that the state would not fire its workers in spite of the harsh economic situation in the country.
This was contrary to the expectation of the stakeholders in the state who believed that the state would reduce its workforce in 2016 to enable it meet up with the prevailing financial challenges.
Mimiko, who addressed the workers at the government secretariat in Akure, the state capital, said the state would find alternative means to boost its revenue instead of reducing the number of workers.
He said “I can assure you that I will not retrench workers in the year 2016 despite the economic meltdown as a result of the fall in the price of crude oil worldwide.”
He, however, charged the workers to be more diligent. The governor said, “You must be creative to add value to the system. The year 2016 is the year to truly diversify the nation’s economy in order to survive this critical time of economic meltdown”
He also warned the workers against indolence and charged them to engage in agriculture so as to augment their monthly income.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, has said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state has no serious opposition in the governorship election.
Oluboyo, who spoke with journalists in Akure, said the ‘federal might’ of the All Progressives Congress could not affect the PDP in the election, adding that the party had done much for the people of the state in terms of developmental projects.
“I don’t see any party coming up to give us a serious fight. Our party has done a lot as far as development is concerned in Ondo State. We have overwhelming supporters and we have a lot of projects that are ongoing and before the end of this administration, all the ongoing projects will be completed by God’s grace,” Oluboyo said.