Details have emerged on how a former governor of Osun State and the incumbent Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, was secretly paid 96 months wage arrears in direction of the tip of his administration in 2018.
DAILY POST recollects that the previous governor had boasted publicly on many events on how he sacrificed his salaries all through the eight years of his 2-term tenure in workplace because of his private conviction on inclusive governance.
Nonetheless, DAILY POST authoritatively gathered that the previous Osun State governor, in direction of the expiration of his administration in 2018 ordered the Ministry of Finance, by way of the Accountant Normal Workplace to impact the fee of his salaries for the entire eight years in workplace, amounting to a number of hundreds of thousands of Naira, which was paid to his private account. DAILY POST can not affirm the precise quantity.
It will be recalled that Aregbesola, at totally different events had additionally claimed to not function any private account all through his tenure in workplace.
However a really dependable supply on the Ministry of Finance, who craved anonymity due to the sensitivity of the difficulty stated there’s a verifiable proof to substantiate that the previous Osun State helmsman obtained all accruing salaries meant for his workplace in bulk.
In line with him, the previous governor was paid 96 months salaries round October 2018.
“Though, I can not particularly state the precise quantity the 96 months salaries amounted to, what I can say is that it runs into a number of hundreds of thousands of naira, and the previous governor was paid in direction of the tip of his second time period tenure in workplace, someday round October, 2018,” the supply stated.
Additionally, a senior official on the Accountant Normal workplace within the state confirmed the event, including that the fee was shrouded in secrecy.
In the meantime, a socio-political group within the State, Osun for Accountability, has berated Aregbesola for what it termed lack of transparency and probity on the a part of the previous governor, because it known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to research the Minister.
Talking on behalf of the group, the State Coordinator, Comrade Adediwura Ominrin, stated the motion of the previous governor was unbecoming of a character he claimed to be throughout his 8-year tenure as a governor, escribing him as a “political obscurantist”.
Omirin insisted that the motion of the previous governor negated the tenets of progressive philosophy and the scope of excellent governance.
“It’s now obvious that the previous governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was so misleading all through his tenure in workplace. He ran a authorities of deception and double customary.
“It’s prison for a public officer older of this stature and standing to say one thing within the open and went forward to do one other factor, particularly when it has to do with finance. How might you’ve mopped up a complete sum of 96 months salaries whereas claiming to not gather a dime all through your tenure,’’ he stated.
However reacting, the Minister’s media adviser, Sola Fasure, whereas talking with DAILY POST insisted that the ex-governor whereas in workplace didn’t gather any wage.
He stated, “Greatest to my information, Aregbesola didn’t gather any wage and he gave the explanation for that. Aregbesola stated the state offered home, safety, car and every little thing he wanted.”