Flamboyant Nigerian monarch, Oluwo of Iwoland, Rasheed Akanbi has said the Osun State Government might be unable to sustain its current wage bill let alone pay the new N30, 000 minimum wage unless it overhauls the civil service.
The monarch who expressed concern about the new minimum wage bill passed by the Senate, while many states were still struggling to pay N18, 000 to the least paid workers, said the state civil service was over-bloated and needed a complete overhaul.
Oba Akanbi said, “Osun is sick. The governor, Oyetola, may not be able to say this truth because he is a politician. But I am a royal father, apparently speaking for the government, I should be good, to tell the truth always. It will be tough for the state to pay the new minimum wage unless there is a complete overhaul of the civil service.
“The current wage bill of the state government cannot be sustained. The civil service needs an overhaul. A situation whereby 26 drivers will be attached to two vehicles must stop.”
As part of ways out of the situation, the royal father said unproductive civil servants must be made productive by the government and be deployed where their skills would be useful. He added, “Also, aggressive revenue generation through internally generated revenue, especially from the informal sector, would be of help to government.”