Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 August 2012

Nigeria: I Don't Wait for Federal Allocation to Pay Workers - Aregbesola

Osogbo — Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said that he does not need to wait for allocation from the Federal Government to pay workers salaries or run his government.

The governor, who stated this in Osogbo yesterday while speaking on the financial status of the state, said he was using the experience he garnered from his political leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on public financing.

Aregbesola said he pays workers on the 25th of every month without waiting for federal allocation. He added that the N25 billion facility which the government took from a bank recently is still intact.

The governor, who said that he has not collected any money from the Federal Government for the construction of federal roads in the state, added that he did not borrow money to finance the road projects being executed by his administration. He said the financial engineering system which he is using is the same system that was used in Lagos State when he was the commissioner for works.

"I used it when I was commissioner for works in Lagos and it is the same method that I'm applying in Osun State now," he said.

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