A total of 2,203 political aides to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State earn N382 million monthly as emoluments, the state Commissioner for Finance, David Edevwie, has disclosed.
GistNaij.com gathered that “this the first time the government will be disclosing the number of political appointees for over two years since Okowa assumed office in 2015.
Edevwie, who was briefing journalists in Asaba at a press conference organised by the state government which was also attended by the Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah and his counterpart in the Ministry of Economic Planning, Dr. Kingsley Emu.
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The Delta State government on Monday said the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration has only appointed 2,203 political appointees since 2015, saying that the appointees earn a total of N382 million monthly as emoluments.
Edevwie also disclosed that a total of N4.9 billion is paid every month as salary and allowances to about 45,550 to civil servants in the state.
He explained that the state has so far received a total of N33.5 billion as Paris Club refunds, with N12.6 billion used in payment of salaries and pensions.
According to him, “The money was actually taken from us since 1995 and now that are returning it without interest. And Federal Government never directed that the it should be used for salaries and pensions. The decision to spend part of the money on salary actually came from the governors.
“There was a meeting at the Federal Ministry of Finance where our governor was one of the five governors privileged to be at that meeting.
“It was at that meeting that some governors said much of the money should be spent on salaries. Some other governors also said that they made promises to the people during and it will be good to use part of the money in execution of projects.
“As you can see, Delta spent 58% in addressing salaries and pensions, and 42% on capital projects.”x