Obaseki fears workers salaries, pensions could cost N40bn yearly

Obaseki fears workers salaries, pensions could cost N40bn yearly

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The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed worry that workers and pensions and other emoluments could rise to N40 billion yearly except urgent steps are taken.

In a bid to stem the tide he has engaged Transmission Committee to meet projected economic target and deliver on the mandate of making Edo great.

Speaking at meeting of the Edo State Transmission Committee with 27 professional, Obaseki sued for collaboration towards expanding the State’s tax.

He called for prudent management of scare resources for elected representatives to be able to deliver on their electoral promises.

“So, without the commitment and collaboration of these different professional groups, there is not much that we can do because right now, we spend almost N40 billion a year in paying people’s salaries and all sources of emoluments.”

The governor continued: “In the past, we used to get that amount from oil revenue and now, that amount will have to be paid by taxes from you. Therefore, should you not have an input? Should you not have a say? And that say, should it just be about criticizing the government?

“Truly speaking, if we do not build institutions, if we continue in the old ways, trying to build super stars and strong men, we will have no future, because these strong men will die, then what now happens?

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“The money is no longer there as it used to be. The money is with you; it is with us Nigerians. Nigerians have more money than Nigeria. It is the money of Nigerians that will develop Nigeria. It is the money of Edo people that will develop Edo,” he added.

According to him, “the government can do so much and you have seen what we are trying to do with the little resources that we have. I know how much we can achieve. There is a need for all stakeholders to change their attitude towards contributing to good governance.”

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