Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has stated that he has not received any salary since he assumed office in 2010.
Aregbesola, who became governor of the state in November 2010, made this known during the launch of Oodua FM in Ile-Ife on Sunday.
He said: “When people complain about our financial state, I begin to wonder if they think I am spending people’s money. Some of you do not know that I have not received any salary since I became governor- of Osun state, why will I take that of others.”
Taking into account the pay package prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and which became effective 2009, a state governor earns a monthly salary of N2.2 million.
The governor is also entitled to several other perks, including constituency allowance of N4.44 million, hardship allowance N1.11 million, leave allowance N222, 370.00, and newspaper allowance N333,555.75.
Osun State has been enmeshed in an abysmal labyrinth of a financial crisis for a long while, making it impossible for the state authorities to be able to pay salaries of workers.
Besides, the governor, who began his second term in office in November 2014, has not appointed commissioners.
The governor further explained that he refused to appoint commissioners because of the state’s poor financial condition.
“How will I have commissioners when we have no money?” he asked.