Aregbesola Laments Dwindling Federal Allocation
Governor, State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday led top government officials and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains in prayers to usher in the New Year.
Many traditional rulers, including the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Olobu of Ilobu and Olokuku of Okuku, were at the prayer session held at the Bola Ige House at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo, the state capital.
The three major religions – Christianity, Islam and traditional religion – were represented.
Also present were the governor’s wife, Alhaja Serifat; House of Assembly Speaker Najeem Salaam; Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff Gboyega Oyetola and Head of Service Sunday Owoeye, among others.
Aregbesola lamented the dwindling monthly Federal allocation, saying it had fallen from N4.6 billion to N3.2 billion.
He said the highest the state got lately was N3.2 billion, adding: “The sad thing is that the Federal Government has not given any concrete reason for the reduction, except for the claim that there was oil theft.”
The governor said the reduction in the monthly allocation began last August, adding that the state’s monthly wage bill is N3.6 billion.
He said despite the development and non-payment of December allocation, his administration paid salary and entitlements to date, as well as the 13th month salary.
The governor pledged to complete ongoing projects, despite the state’s lean purse.
The State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Elisha Ogundiya, led the prayer in the Christian way.
The President, League of Imams and Alfas in the South West, Alhaji Musthapha Ajisafe, and Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon prayed in the Islamic and traditional ways.
The Anglican Bishop of Osun Diocese, Rev. James Popoola, urged government officials and civil servants to work diligently.
He prayed for peace and the smooth conduct of the forthcoming governorship election.
The cleric urged political office holders to lead with the fear of God.