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At Last, Governor Ajimobi Returns

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Adeola Oladele, Ibadan After spending about 23 days outside the country, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State returned to Nigeria over the weekend. The governor, who had departed the country some three weeks ago, reportedly for the lesser Hajj Ummurah in Saudi Arabia, later left for the United States of America, where he was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s entourage on his recent 4-day working visit to the US. But tongues began to wag when the governor did not return to the country with the presidential entourage after the visit, fueling insinuations that Governor Ajimobi was running away from the crisis his administration had been grappling with; payment of workers’ salaries. Civil servants in the Pacesetter State, who for sometime were not being paid as at when due, had waited to receive part of their salaries from the bailout offered by the Federal Government to states, whose governors could not pay their workers. But the governor has finally returned home to calm frayed nerves. And as if he knew what the workers have been expecting, he wasted no time to tell them he has approved N2 billion for the payment of junior workers, while their senior counterparts wait for their turn. “In the next three months, all issues of outstanding salaries would have been resolved,’’ Ajimobi said. Reports indicated that Governor Ajimobi spent part of his time overseas wooing prospective foreign investors to come and invest in the state. According to the governor, three investors have shown interest and have agreed to invest in the state.

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