Governor was commended for going beyond party lines.
The Ogun State Government on Tuesday presented cheques for payment of the severance allowances of some immediate past political appointees in the state.
The ceremony took place at Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta with 300 beneficiaries in attendance to pick up their cheques.
The state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, supervised the event and presented the cheques to some of the beneficiaries.
He explained that the delay in the payment was due to the huge inherited debt from his predecessor. He said that after offsetting some of the debts, it was time to focus on the former political office holders.
The Governor noted that the package was not paid piece-meal like in other administrations, but the whole package was released to each individual at once.
He disclosed that the highest amount released was N3.9 million, while the lowest was N1.9 million.
Mr. Amosun said that on assuming office, he met a backlog of over N11 billion of unpaid severance allowances; out of that sum, his administration has cleared over N4billion.
“We waited this long so that we can pay a lump sum, which would be meaningful to the beneficiaries,” he said.
The governor also noted that the payment of severance packages was not a political act, but an act of welfare for the citizenry of the state.
“Those that have served diligently and selflessly should not be denied their entitlements,” he remarked.
Mr. Amosun explained that the act was to further reaffirm the commitment of his administration to “the mission to rebuild the state.”
“We are building on the foundation that others have laid as nobody can do it alone. Governors come and go,” he said.
He maintained that his administration had expended so much on Education to the tune of N5.2 billion for books and other writing/instructional materials as well as building model schools across the state.
He disclosed that the backlog of arrears of salaries and allowances, including the 19 months arrears of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, staff had been fully paid, and some of those who retired within the last three years had also been paid. He attributed all these feats to the efforts of the people of the state.
Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, the former chairman, Ogun Water-side Local Government Area, Tayo Ajayi, commended the governor for displaying true statesmanship. He said most of the beneficiaries were not members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as alleged by some rumour mongers
A former Senior Special Assistant on Oil and Gas /Special Duties, Idowu Togun, said, “It is a thing of joy to receive my severance package.”
He commended the governor for the initiative, saying, “Our Governor has performed excellently well.”