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New Ogun State Governor Takes N7bn Loan To Pay May Salaries

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Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State governor, said he took 7 billion Naira loan to pay workers May salaries.

He disclosed this during a meeting with the APC leaders in the state on Monday.

He said that his attention would be to govern the state well rather than pointing accusing fingers on his predecessor.

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He further said in a statement, “We have by far too many things to do than to begin to be bogged down by what someone did or what he did not do or what he left behind.

“I cannot begin to describe in the open to you the Ogun State that we inherited. I cannot begin to explain it to you. I will not because I have made up my mind that publicly and privately, I will not discuss anything about the past administration.

“We have resolved to draw the line and to move forward from there. We need to be focused on. We are going to rebrand and re-launch the security trust fund.”

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The governor said his initial priority was to pay the pending salaries of his workers, so he had to call his friends who were managers in Banks to have access to a loan of 7 billion Naira.

He said, “30th day of May was our first day in office. And on the 31st, it dawns on me that it was the end of the month and we need to pay salaries.

“But here we are on our second day in the office. I don’t even have an office; I don’t even know how to sign any document; I don’t even know what the protocols are. Suddenly, we realised it was 31st, and I intend to keep my end of the tripartite agreement. So, I called the Head of Service; I told him we must pay salary.

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But he said to me, ‘You are new in government, and everybody understands that you just assumed office and we don’t have that expectation of you paying salaries now. They (workers) will understand. There is very little or no money. We can talk to them.’

“I told the Head of Service, whether they (the workers) were expectant or not, it was my promise to the people that salaries would be paid as and when due.”
He added, “so, I picked my phone and called my friends who are MDs in different banks. I told them I needed to pay salaries, and this is the little I have; almost nothing in the state account.

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“I requested for a credit facility to allow me to pay over N7bn, which is the state wage bill. That day, I intended that maybe one or two will oblige me, but the five banks I called obliged me.”

He said civil servants received their alerts that evening and that gave a sense of fulfilment, being his first task in the office.

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