I Have Not Received Salary Since 2010 -- Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola
The Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola while speaking on Sunday during the launch of Oodua FM in Ile-Ife revealed that he has not earned salary since he resumes office six years ago.

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who became governor in November 2010, said; “When people complain about our financial state, I begin to wonder if they think I am spending people’s money. Some of you do not know that I have not received any salary since I became governor- of Osun state, why will I take that of others.”

According to Premium Times, the pay package prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and which became effective 2009, a state governor earns a monthly salary of N2.2 million.

The governor is however entitled to several other perks, including constituency allowance of N4.44 million, hardship allowance N1.11 million, leave allowance N222, 370.00, and newspaper allowance N333,555.75.

Recall that Osun State has been in deep financial crisis for a long while and has been unable to pay salaries of workers. Besides, the governor who began his second term in office in 
November 2014, has not appointed commissioners.

Speaking further, the governor revealed that the economic crisis was not only affecting Osun state but also other states, noting “there is no free money anywhere”, adding that he refused to appoint commissioners because of the state’s poor financial condition.

“How will I have commissioners when we have no money?” he asked. “The minority leader of Osun state House of Assembly wrote a post on Facebook complaining that I have not paid them. We don’t have the money, even the minority leader does not have a car.”

The governor advised the owner of the radio station, Rotimi Malone, to use it to develop of the state rather than for politics.

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