The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said that he contacted some of his friends who are Managing Directors in some banks to borrow money from their banks before he could pay the state workers’ salaries in May.
Governor Abiodun disclosed this in Abeokuta on Monday, during an interactive session with past and present political functionaries, who are members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.
Abiodun said; “On the second day of my resumption of work, I called the Head of Service to discuss about the payment of staff salaries for the month of May.
“The Head of Service told me that there was not enough money to pay workers’ salaries which amounted to over N7bn. But, because of the priority which I attached to payment of workers’ salaries as at when due, I had to call some of my friends who are Managing Directors in some banks to come to our aid, which they promptly acceded to.
“I also instructed that banks should work extra hours to enable workers withdraw their salaries as soon as they received credit alerts, which the banks obliged”.
The governor said his administration will ensure good governance, and provide adequate security to enable people go about their legitimate businesses without fear or harassment.
Abiodun warned that his government will not tolerate cultism, banditry and hooliganism, saying that whoever is caught engaging in these nefarious activities will face the full weight of the law.
He disclosed that he will not engage in blame game about the past administration, as he will focus on how the people of the state will benefit from his administration.
The governor promised that his administration will soon begin construction and rehabilitation of rural roads to give succour to inhabitants of rural areas, while local government administration will receive a boost.