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Unpaid Allowances: Oyo State Lawmakers Embark on Indefinite Strike

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Oyo State lawmakers yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike over the governor’s inability to pay their unpaid allowances.

The legislators who said they are being owed furniture, car allowances and two months running cost for the Assembly, said they last received their salaries in August.

As a result of the strike, the lawmakers refused to sit yesterday and have postponed sitting for as long as it will take the Governor, to pay all outstanding allowances.

Some lawmakers who pleaded anonymity, said they took the ‘no allowance, no sitting’ decision after all entreaties to have the matter resolved amicably failed.

It will be recalled that 20 of the 32 Oyo lawmakers ‎had last week boycotted sitting to protest lack of concern for their welfare, arguing that without the running cost, the Assembly cannot function.

It was gathered that the unanimous decision to embark on the strike was discussed at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House.

Speaking with reporters on their plight, one of the lawmakers who pleaded anonymity explained that they took the ‘no allowance, no sitting’ decision after all entreaties to have the matter peacefully resolved failed.

“During the last Assembly, during Governor Ajimobi’s first term, all the lawmakers were bought cars. They were also paid furniture allowance. The running cost of the House was also paid regularly. These allowances are statutory.

“We understand that the crash in the price of crude oil has brought the economy to its knees. The consequent drop in revenue affects all the 36 states as well as the Federal Government. But in spite of this dire situation, all other governors have sorted out the allowances of their state Houses of Assembly.’’