Amosun pays ex-political office holders N1.1 billion severance package - Saga Gist - Top Source for Nigeria News

TRENDING

Wednesday, February 13

Amosun pays ex-political office holders N1.1 billion severance package




Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Wednesday paid N1.1 billion severance allowance to former political office holders in the State.

Amosun said he has so far paid a total of N2.6 billion to former political office holders at the state and local government levels.

The governor, who made this known while giving cheques to beneficiaries at the Arcade ground Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, added that some were opposed to the idea of paying the money few weeks to the elections.

He noted those not comfortable with him paying the severance package reasoned it would mean empowering the oppositions among the beneficiaries.

Amosun explained he was paying the money to former political office holders, including members of the opposition party, because they deserved to be recognised and rewarded for the service to the state.

However, Amosun said consultants and special advisers in the local governments are not captured by law, stating he was following the law to the letter.

The governor promised not to owe any worker before the expiration of his tenure, maintaining all the deduction of workers will be settled before the end of his administration.

He said the wage bill of the state stood at about N3.9 billion when he became governor, stressing the bill has increased to N9.3 billion while the federal allocation keeps dropping almost every month.

Amosun revealed his predecessor received, many times,  as much as over N9 billion from the federation account, saying the highest he has ever collected was only in October 2011 when N6.1 billion was given to the state.

According to him, the amount has nosedived to less than N2 billion in recent times.