Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has expressed full support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari. He says it is the best for the country.
Speaking at a radio programme monitored in Ibadan on Saturday, Ajimobi said Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade would take Nigeria to greater heights.
“I fully support Buhari. I thank God now that we have him in power. He is a man that is determined to wage relentless war against the malady of corruption.
“If we do not fight corruption as a nation, then we cannot grow,” the governor said.
He attributed the non-constitution of his cabinet to the economic situation of the state, adding that he had decided to settle down for three months before appointing his cabinet members.
“We will appoint 10 Special Advisers and Commissioners this month, by God’s grace. We have reduced our ministries to 13,” he disclosed.
Also speaking on the bailout fund for states, the governor said that the state governments would pay the money back at about nine percent interest.
“The money we are getting is strictly to pay salaries. It is illegal to use it for any other thing.
“Even with that, about N17 billion is to be paid to the state government workers.
“We are supposed to pay local government workers N9 billion. As at today, we owe workers N21.3 billion.
“This means that after using the bailout fund to pay salaries, we will still be owing and we will continue to owe until our allocation or internal generated revenue increases,” Ajimobi said.
Ajimobi said that the allocation to the state from the Federal Government on assumption of office in 2011 was N5 billion. But the state hardly gets N3 billion now.
The next line of action by the state government will be to reduce workers’ salaries, retrench or restructure, the governor disclosed.
“We will block all loopholes from where government loses revenue. Civil servants found guilty will be dealt with after following the due process,” he said.
The governor said that the people of the state had started complaining that the streets were now dirty again.
“Our people complained that we were too harsh on street traders, so we calmed down.
“Now, the same people have been coming to us to loudly register their embarrassment over the condition of our environment.
“We have decided that from Oct. 1, it will be fire for fire with street traders. There will be no turning back this time around.
“We will clean everywhere. We will use Oyo Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) personnel to achieve that,” he said.