Former Political Office Holders Protest non-payment of Allowances in Ogun

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

Former political office holders at the local government level in Ogun State, on Monday, took to the streets of Abeokuta, the state capital, protesting the non- payment of their N2.3billion severance allowances and entitlements by Senator Ibikunle Amosun led-administration.

Numbering about 200, the past chairmen, vice chairmen, secretaries to the local governments, supervisors, special advisers, consultants and legislators, who served between 2007 and 2010 accused the government of infringing on their constitutional rights.

Their leader, Alhaji Farouk Akintunde, said the development had led to the death of about 12 people because of their inability to access fund. He argued that despite the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Local Matters, the governor had failed to pay them their entitlements.

Wondering why the governor would go against the constitution of the country, Akintunde said: “The present administration in Ogun State has grossly displayed lack of human feelings and insensitive to the plight of people they are serving… The Amosun led-administration has also displayed lack of respect for the law of the land because even when the Senate Committee on Local Government Matters waded into the matter recommending the immediate settlement of those entitlements been owed us, the government have remain adamant not to pay us on the excuse that by so doing they will be empowering us to fight his administration.”

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