Governor Ibikunle Amosun has been criticized for announcing a Payrise for traditional rulers in Ogun State, as from this month.
The criticism comes from listeners on a Rockcity FM Programme: ‘Quick-Take’, who regard the announcement as ill-timed and insensitive.
The question put to the listeners was: ‘Do you support the Governor’s decision to increase the pay of the traditional rulers?’
42 out of the 52 persons or 81%, who responded through Phone Calls, Twitter and Short Message to the Question say ‘NO’, while only 10 or 19% of the Total Respondents believe the Pay rise is Justifiable.
Some of those who supported the pay rise said traditional rulers are custodians of our culture and should be well taken care of.
Some of them said members of the public usually seek for financial help from them and as such they need money to meet such obligations.
Most of the callers, however, said the Payrise was a misplacement of priority by the governor, and a measure of insensitivity to the plight of serving and retired civil servants, who are being owed pensions, gratuities and salary deductions.
Some of them said the governor should be thinking about how to reduce the cost of governance, in the face of the economic recession.
Others said there are other issues begging for attention, such as payment of the west Africa Examination Council (WAEC), fees of public secondary schools students to process their admission into tertiary institutions.