By Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has lamented the financial decay inherited from the past administration, saying "our government inherited an empty treasury."
He disclosed that "we met a State where salaries, subventions were owed. We met a state where pensions were owed for 32 months. Before they left, minimum wage was not paid. We inherited an empty treasury. Even by their own admission, they said they left N50 billion but we later discovered that the State was indebted to the tune of about N97 billion."
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, echoed this while receiving members of the Ogun State Council of Hausa Communities in his office, and pointed out that the Amosun-led administration inherited an empty treasury.
He noted that it would continue to manage the resources available to it prudently and in a way that all citizens would benefit and feel the dividends of democracy. He added that the financial acumen of Amosun had helped a great deal in stabilising the financial status of the state, explaining that but for his resourcefulness, the State would have been ran aground by now.
Adeoluwa also said in spite of the challenges, government has continued to discharge its duties by prioritising the needs of its people. He said "our capital expenditure is more than our recurrent expenditure. I can confirm to you that we have not borrowed a dime to pay salaries since we came.
“Since we came, we have not owed anybody any salary and we will not owe. We get about N2.5 billion from Abuja every month and we pay about N6.1 billion as salaries”, the SSG explained.
He, therefore, charged the visiting community leaders to sustain the peaceful atmosphere prevalent in the State, noting that no meaningful development can take place in a hostile atmosphere.
Speaking earlier, the Secretary, Ogun State Council of Hausa Communities, Alhaji Inuwa Garba expressed appreciation to the government for its various people-oriented programmes which he said had impacted positively on their lives and pledged the continued support of the Association for the government.