Many unpaid pensioners in Osun state have condemned a recent acquisition of brand-new cars reportedly worth over ₦260 million for state lawmakers by the Governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola. These vehicles were said to have been bought for each of the 26 members of the House of Assembly in Osun state.
A new report says Governor Adegboyega Oyetola bought new cars ₦260 million for Osun lawmakers despite owing many pensioners
According to Premium Times, the government of Osun still very much owes gratuities and pensions to a huge number of retirees in the state, which has accumulated over several years till now. The ₦260 million stated in this article is only a rough estimated figure as the Premium Times newspaper did not actually disclose the exact amount paid to acquire the cars.
When speaking with newsmen about this expensive acquisition, Ismail Omipidan – the spokesperson of the Osun state governor, argued that the car purchase was totally normal and wouldn’t in any way affect the smooth running of the state by the current administration.
Mr Ismail Omipidan went further to state that a majority of the state lawmakers were not even in the assembly as of the time Osun’s former Governor got them official cars during his regime. He also mentioned that Governor Oyetola is currently managing Osun state’s resources as well as making efforts to improve the state welfare just as seen with the ₦1.2billion bond he presented to the retirees recently under the contributory pension scheme. However, with all the above statements, Omipidan still acknowledged a current backlog of pension payments when he said;
"If we are not paying anything at all, then critics can make criticisms,”
“It would be unthinkable to say lawmakers got cars eight years ago and they should continue to use the same thing. Don’t forget that it is not the same set of people in the house eight years ago that are there now. Even for the ones re-elected, there’s always a budget and emoluments of office which must be provided. It is a three-arm government and everybody must be taken care of,"