Former governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, now President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominee, has refuted claims he was n’t paying workers during his eight-year tenure as governor.
Aregbesola stressed that allegations of him not paying workers during his tenure as governor were due either to mischief or ignorance.
He made the clarification during his confirmation hearing on the floor of the Senate on Monday.
According to Aregbesola: “rumours of owed salaries in Osun during my tenure was due to mischief and ignorance.
“By 2014, our nation was in distress, and virtually all states had difficulty with salaries.
“We came up with an approach that there is no month that any public official did not have salary every month.”
He said the payment was only segregated to take care of staff from Salary Level 1-7 as opposed to those he called the ‘fat cats’ from Level 12 and above who took so much but constituted a meager percentage of the staff force.
He said his regime set up a committee headed by former Labour boss, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, to guide the process.