The Osun State governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has said that the reason the state government is owing salaries and cannot pay pensioners is that a lot of the state’s money is taken to Lagos State.
Adeleke stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner after he polled a total of 403,371 votes to defeat outgoing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes.
He said, “I said it before that paying salary is not an achievement; if people work, you must pay them. What you bring to the table to improve the economy, the IGR is what you can call achievements. When I was debating with Governor Oyetola, the outgoing governor, I said paying salary is not an achievement; have you improved the economy?
“What I will do is that I will work with pensioners, retirees; sit together with them and have a meeting. Okay this is the money they are owing you and everything. Why they cannot pay you is that a lot of our money is going outside; what I mean is that a lot of our money is taken to Lagos or somewhere. So I will block those leakages.”