Aregbesola Lied About Osun Finances – Ex-HOS

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A retired civil servant accuses Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State of being economical with the truth on the federal allocations coming from the federation account

A FORMER Head of Service, HOS, in Osun State has faulted the state of finances in the state as presented by Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Olusegun Akinwusi, a former HOS who retired in 2012 after serving in the Aregbesola administration for about two years said in a statement that the figures released by the governor to members of the state House of Assembly on the position of the economy of our state were not only bogus “but they were criminally deceitful.”

In a statement released in Osogbo at the weekend and titled, “Many lies of a dishonest government” Akinwusi enumerated details of funds allocation from the federation account to the state between November 2010 and December 2014.

The former HOS said he was disenchanted and disappointed by Aregbesola’s style of leadership. He said: “Leaders by all standards are supposed to be good role models, mentors and indeed heroes for the younger ones.  That is why we encourage our children to read books and autobiographies of great leaders to guide their mental, social and intellectual developments.  “But when against this norm our leaders are epitomes of deceit, lies and unstable character, I fear what these young ones will learn and copy of their lives.”

In his submission, Akinwusi said between November 2010 when Aregbesola assumed power and December of the same year, the total funds from the federation account was N54.2 billion and not N29.9 billion as declared by the governor declared to Osun State House of Assembly, OSHA.

The ex-HOS disclosed that Aregbesola declared a sum of N31.6billion for 2012 but the actual amount of fund received was N47.8billion while in 2013 the state got N44.7 as against a sum of N26.4bn declared by the governor to Assembly.

In 2014, Akinwusi said: “Although there was a missing record of one month, we still had on the strength of the eleven (11) months – N36.7billion, while our governor declared only N19.3billion for the whole year. By the conclusion of the governor we received only N108.3bn all excluding our IGR, as against a total sum of N183.4bn excluding one month the period under review.”

He said the issue of salaries of workers was no devoid of manipulations either. He said the total staff strength of state workforce was below 21,000, because over one-third of the workforce voluntarily retired in December, 2012.

Akinwusi alleged: “From grapevine, it is being speculated that since civil servants are no longer allowed to do their statutory duties, that is preparation of salaries, a number of fictitious names had found their way into the payroll of government, even people that have never been to Osun State. The figure of N3.6billion as salaries is spurious and over inflated, I challenge anyone that the best the salary bill could be cannot be more than N2.2billion.

“More importantly, besides the regular monthly allocation from the federation account, the followings also accrued to government coffers, Excess Crude Oil N67.1 billion, Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, N43.6 billion, SURE-P N14.4 billion and SUBEB N13.9 billion.”

The former HOS said that there were other interventionist programmes including UNICEF, Multinational donations and MDG releases and others.

On the issue of loan, the former HOS said: “There has been a criminal deceit and lack of transparency in this matter.  For example, the public was made to believe that Islamic sukuk never attracted any interest.

“Today we are to pay a sum of N25.5billion to service a loan of N11.5billion.  So also are some other loans procured by this government with a moratorium of 5-6years meaning that it would be due for repayment after 2020 and beyond.”

—  Jul 27, 2015 @ 12:00 GMT

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