By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—Ogun State Government, yesterday, denied alleged plan by the Ewekoro Local Government to spend N34.2 million on the governor’s visit to the area today.
At a briefing over the allegation which led to a protest by members of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Ewekoro Branch, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipo, described the allegation as unfair and false.
He, however, noted that the management of the council had concluded plans to secure a N15 million overdraft from a bank to enable it pay the salaries of its protesting workers in full.
It will be recalled that, workers of the council staged a protest in Itori on Tuesday, accusing the council’s Transition Committee Chairman, Mr. Sunday Akinyemi, of planning to use the N34.2 million allocated for the payment of their April salary to host Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The workers, who also protested alleged plan by the council to pay them only 50 per cent of their April salaries due to the governor’s visit, however, called off the strike and resumed work.
Oladipo who was flanked by the Chairman of the council stated that the council management had been granted the approval to obtain an overdraft to enable it pay the workers’ salaries in full.
He added that Governor Amosun had paid the sum of N25million to each of the 20 councils to enable them offset outstanding payment of severance allowances.