Amosun okays severance pay for Daniel’s aides

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BY DAUD  OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA— Indication has emerged that Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has  ordered  the  payment of severance packages of all political office holders that served  between 2003  and 2011 during  the administration of former Governor Gbenga Daniel.

The order for the payment  which was contained in a circular issued by governor Amosun himself to the state Commissioner for Budget, Mrs. Oluwande Muoyo  instructed  the commissioner  to  pay the allowances.

Vanguard gathered Thursday  that, Amosun changed his mind some months after he  had stopped  the payment of the cheques earlier reportedly issued by Daniel  to all political office holders that served under him.

It was learnt that, first of the sledged hammer Amosun wielded on Daniel  and his associates was  when he stopped the order of payment made by Daniel at the twilight of his administration shortly after he was  sworn into office few days after  Daniel’s order.

However, Governor Amosun was reported to have said that the decision was part of his respect he has  for the rule of law as well as his avowed determination to uphold justice in the state.

Vanguard gathered that the least paid among the political office holders would go home with a minimum of N3m according to the circular which was released  by the governor.

Confirming the development,  former  Special Assistant to Daniel on Media Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adetokunbo Fakeye who spoke with newsmen, however,  appealed to Amosun to consider 13 former Daniel’s aides who  had been  excluded  from the list before Daniel left office.

He also  declared that since the severance allowance was statutory, himself as well as other 12 affected former political office holders would be eternally grateful should Amosun respect the dignity of labour and carry them along in the payment of the money.

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