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Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Blue3k2: 10:23pm On Feb 17, 2020

Despite owing retired civil servants pensions and gratuities for several years, the Osun State Government has bought new Toyota Camry XLE 2019 cars for the 26 members of the state House of Assembly.

The expenditure is at least N266 million, going by the unit price of $29,175 for each in the U.S.


Considering the cost of importation, the expected profit by the supplier, and inflated prices associated with government expenditure in Nigeria, the state government is expected to have paid much more for the cars.

A spokesperson to the Osun State governor refused to disclose the exact amount paid for the vehicles and the company that supplied them.

Critics described the government's action as a "misplacement of priority" for a state said to be cash strapped, but Governor Gboyega Oyetola has justified the expenditure.

PREMIUM TIMES in January reported the complaint of neglect by retirees in the state who are being owed their entitlements.

Some have died, some said they had been ejected from rented houses while others said they had withdrawn their children from schools.

After serving two terms of eight years, Rauf Aregbesola bowed out as Osun governor in 2018 and handed over to Mr Oyetola of the same All Progressives Congress (APC).

Many civil servants who retired between 2015 and 2018 under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) told PREMIUM TIMES in January that they were neither receiving monthly pension nor the lump sum due them as bond.

Questionable Accountability

Checks by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that the state under Mr Aregbesola gots several bailout funds from the federal government but still defaulted in payment of salaries and pensions.

To assist them in payment of salaries and owed arrears, President Muhammadu Buhari disbursed N338 billion to states in 2015. Osun State got N34.9 billion.

Also, in November 2016, the Osun government received N11.74 billion as refunds from the Paris Club.

Again, Mr Buhari approved the release of more funds from the London-Paris Club refund to state governors across the country in 2017 out of which Osun State received N6.3 billion as the second tranche of Paris Club refund in July.

The president had advised the state governments to give priority to offsetting salary arrears as well as pension and gratuity liabilities in spending the bailouts.

In 2016, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said the Aregbesola administration disbursed only N16.3 billion out of the N34.9 billion bailout released in 2015.

The report added that the commission was investigating allegations that the state had not paid salaries since July 2015. Mr Aregbesola countered the allegations of diversion but did not dispute that only N16.3 billion was disbursed.

The Senate in December 2016 promised to investigate the allegations but nothing was heard of the probe.


Governor justifies purchase

In his first term, Mr Aregbesola also bought official cars for the state lawmakers.

However, many of the current lawmakers were not in the assembly then.


Justifying his action for the purchase of Toyota Camry XLE 2019 for the current lawmakers, Governor Oyetola through his spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, said the government was controlling its expenditures.

"The state is not rich but we have a governor who is creative financially in ensuring that governance did not stop. It is even by a miracle that we are paying salaries. Mr Governor has control over his expenditures. He is also making personal sacrifices to make sure that workers' welfare is being taken care of.

"Just two days ago, we presented the bond of N1.2 billion to retirees under the contributory pension scheme. We appreciate the fact that we have a backlog but the fact that we are paying shows that the government is committed to the welfare of the workers and the retirees. If we are not paying anything at all, then critics can make criticism."

Mr Omipidan said: "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."

He refused to disclose the exact amount the state paid for the vehicles

but assured that the expenditure on cars would not affect the running of government and payment of workers and pensioners.


A source at the government house, however, told PREMIUM TIMES that the state government had not fully paid for the vehicles.

"There is what we call leasing... The govt leased the money they used to get the vehicles for the lawmakers. It is not that they got the money in cash.

"There is an agreement that is signed and it will be deducted from the account of the government on monthly or yearly basis. It is a loan," the source said asking not to be named.


Recklessness - Critics

Critics and public affairs analysts said the action of the government although not new in Nigeria is "recklessness that has becomes the norm."

"It is quite unfortunate that we have a weird system of government in Nigeria and unless the people demand what is actually theirs," a social commentator, Jide Ojo, said. .

"Beyond the fact that it is a waste of money, none of those lawmakers are poor. But when you see members of the executive cabinets riding big cars, it is expected that the lawmakers get same.

"My father retired from Osun service in 1995 and died three years after. He never collected pension and gratuity. The sad thing is that the situation still remains the same today. If those that have retired are finding their pay difficult, what message are we passing to those in service?"

A rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, in his reaction said: "the reckless act of government in Nigeria continues to contribute to poverty."

He said many state governors give their lawmakers such expensive gifts at the expense of citizens.


Source: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/377656-despite-owing-pensioners-osun-govt-splashes-over-n260-million-on-cars-for-lawmakers.html

Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by chatinent: 10:26pm On Feb 17, 2020
Do you not know that those greedy legislators make laws that will favour them first?

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Blue3k2: 10:34pm On Feb 17, 2020
Lol the law maker should of pre-ordered the 2020 Camry. The governor is such a cheapskate. Why should the honarable lawmakers settle for 2019 model. Nobody should expect lawmakers to buy their own vehicles like the peasants tax payers.

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by misterjosh(m): 10:45pm On Feb 17, 2020



Why will it be unthinkable for the lawmakers to use one car for 8 years...
angry angry



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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by BlackfireX: 11:33pm On Feb 17, 2020
So you want the lawmakers to follow you and drag keke maruwa.





Good work APC governor

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by thundafire: 11:34pm On Feb 17, 2020
Nigeria politicians with misplaced priority,I don't pity dey useless citizens because they are suffering a d still voted enmass for dey same party

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Blue3k2: 11:42pm On Feb 17, 2020
The Senate in December 2016 promised to investigate the allegations but nothing was heard of the probe.

These legislative probes amount to nothing most of them. Even with the do demand for action to be taken they're ignored.
Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by donpapa(m): 11:43pm On Feb 17, 2020
Same old story! Misplaced priorities!

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by slimfit1(m): 12:25am On Feb 18, 2020
The governor did the right thing.
Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Rootprof(m): 12:29am On Feb 18, 2020
They don't send masses,even seeing people dieing they will still chose to satisfy themselves.

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Bolacarpainter: 12:12pm On Feb 18, 2020
These people are damn too self centered

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by pennywys(m): 12:12pm On Feb 18, 2020
shocked


here they go

flirting themselves with exotics cars

those zoomies worth fought for them where thou art?

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by sevo(m): 12:12pm On Feb 18, 2020
Misplaced priorities

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by IMASTEX: 12:12pm On Feb 18, 2020
What a wastage

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by wilemer: 12:13pm On Feb 18, 2020
Blue3k3:

Despite owing retired civil servants pensions and gratuities for several years, the Osun State Government has bought new Toyota Camry XLE 2019 cars for the 26 members of the state House of Assembly.

The expenditure is at least N266 million, going by the unit price of $29,175 for each in the U.S.


Considering the cost of importation, the expected profit by the supplier, and inflated prices associated with government expenditure in Nigeria, the state government is expected to have paid much more for the cars.

A spokesperson to the Osun State governor refused to disclose the exact amount paid for the vehicles and the company that supplied them.

Critics described the government's action as a "misplacement of priority" for a state said to be cash strapped, but Governor Gboyega Oyetola has justified the expenditure.




its time we tried another system of governance. democracy is not working

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by jimyjames(m): 12:13pm On Feb 18, 2020
Hmm

Thought people from that region claim their states are rich and are already paying minimum wage

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by ainas247: 12:13pm On Feb 18, 2020
cry & Wego flog politician koboko, den too dey do us ojoro
please this is the song I need right now.. help me with the artist name again

these people don't really care about us. in Michael Jackson Tone

If you have a business website, rank it on Google page one
chat up now

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by 9jamag(m): 12:14pm On Feb 18, 2020
Looters
Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by money121(m): 12:14pm On Feb 18, 2020
Ok

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by anonimi: 12:15pm On Feb 18, 2020

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Nobody: 12:15pm On Feb 18, 2020
Afonjas are real hypocrites

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by AroOkigbo(m): 12:15pm On Feb 18, 2020
Even Osun state! Chaii
Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by fykes(m): 12:15pm On Feb 18, 2020
the heavy moral burden of being a leader in the povertytcapital of the world...

When men loose their humanity, pain and sorrow comes home

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Indispensable85: 12:16pm On Feb 18, 2020
Madness!

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by bjgurl(f): 12:16pm On Feb 18, 2020
God will provide for the poor masses

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Roadtoyesterday: 12:16pm On Feb 18, 2020
very soon you all will know the meaning of, road to yesterday before the innocence was taken away


Nigeria a child that wants to live like an adult. Just yesterday an serving senator of this Banana Republic splashed over 720m on a car..... In some sain country we will be having issues by now.... IN USA having and stealing the money is not their issue, where to keep how to transact a lump sum of that figure would be a serious problem, Every transaction in USA must come from a proceed of clean money, that live their politicians with no choice than to invest or don't bother stealing.

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by EgunMogaji2: 12:17pm On Feb 18, 2020
How can one go about being a supplier of vehicles for government?

Thanks.

Also, they’ll pay shipping for sure but what about import duty, is that waived for the government?

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Tim16(m): 12:17pm On Feb 18, 2020
I don't see Nigeria becoming better till the world ends. The country is cursed. Everything is messed. It can never get better, it's impossible

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Young6x1: 12:17pm On Feb 18, 2020
Waste of resources.

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by Nobody: 12:18pm On Feb 18, 2020
They don't care 'bout us....

#9ja go better

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Re: Osun Government Splashes N260M On Cars For Lawmakers, Despite Owing Pensioners by NaijaMutant(f): 12:18pm On Feb 18, 2020
Welcome to Nigeria.




The poverty capital of the world with the highest earning politicians in the world cry

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