The Osun State governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has said that the reason the state government is owing salaries and cannot pay pensioners is that a lot of the state’s money is taken to Lagos State.
Adeleke stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
KEMI FILANI NEWS had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Adeleke the Osun gubernatorial election winner.
The returning officer for the election, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke scored 403,371 votes to defeat the incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 375,027.
He said, “I said it before that paying salary is not an achievement; if people work, you must pay them. What you bring to the table to improve the economy, the IGR is what you can call achievements. When I was debating with Governor Oyetola, the outgoing governor, I said paying salary is not an achievement; have you improved the economy?
“What I will do is that I will work with pensioners, retirees; sit together with them and have a meeting. Okay this is the money they are owing you and everything. Why they cannot pay you is that a lot of our money is going outside; what I mean is that a lot of our money is taken to Lagos or somewhere. So I will block those leakages.”