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Gov. Rauf Aregbesola
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola

I Have Not Collected Salary Since Becoming Governor -Aregbesola

-Says No Need For Commissioners

Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said that his government would rather focus on how to revamp the economy of the state than appointing commissioners.

Aregbesola stated this while hosting journalists across the state to a get-together fast-breaking dinner, tagged “Iftar with Ogbeni” at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Osogbo, Tuesday.

The governor stated that appointing commissioners is a major burden the state cannot run now due the dwindling federal allocation.

He disclosed that it would cost the state N100m monthly to maintain commissioners stressing that the state to be at standstill if the burden of commissioners to it.

According to him, “the state executive council to be constituted will need millions of naira. This I can’t afford now and those working with me have been doing so on humanitarian grounds. They have not been paid since. I too, since assumption of office, has not received any salary from the state and I am not ready to do so.

“I have passion to develop this state and all I am concerned about is how to make the state enjoyable for the people”, he said.

He assured people of the state that come November 26, 2016 when his administration would mark its second anniversary, many projects would be commissioned.

He disclosed that three bridges are nearly completed and that the Gbongan-Osogbo interchange would be completed by the end of August.

He also promised that “all the projects embarked upon will be completed before the end of my administration no matter how hard the economy of the state or country.”

Speaking on how he was able to mobilise contractors back to the sites of the ongoing road projects in the state, Aregbesola said he would keep this a secret until November this year when his administration would clock two years in its second tenure.

“I will tell Nigerians how I got money to mobilise contractors to site and how I was able to solve some financial problems in the state when I would be marking the second anniversary of my second tenure in November 27, 2016.

“Some insinuated that I used local government allocations. The truth is that, there is no tier or arm of government that is getting anything that could pay salaries.”

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