Owed Salaries Is Not My Fault – Embattled Governor Aregbesola Cries Out

Imo State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola
Imo State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Lamenting over the situation, the politician put the blame on the drop of allocations to Osun from the Federation Account, NAN reports.

Aregebsola made a claim as he spoke with newsmen in Abuja after having been presented with an award for service to humanity by Voice of African Women for Human Dignity.

“I have found it hard to pay the wage bills owing to the declining federal allocation to the state. Federal allocation to the state has reduced by 40 per cent since 2013, thereby making it difficult for my government to meet its responsibilities.”

He expressed sorrow over the situation noting that even the state reserves were also over. He said administration had already to accumulate debt of N12 billion in its bid to ensure regular payments.

Reacting to the receipt of the award, the governor said that the main objective for him as a politician was to stop sufferings of those in need.

“I got into politics so that I can render quality services to the suffering people of my state because majority of the people are hungry and angry.”

Earlier this week the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) chapter demanded their  13-month salaries from Aregbesola. Left with no means of support, the Union threatened to embark on strike, unless the situation changes.

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