Unpaid salaries: Ogunlewe asks govs to resign

Adeseye-OgunleweA former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, says state governors who cannot pay their workers’ salaries should resign.

He said governors who could not provide viable solutions to the economic downturn have no business remaining in office.

The former minister, who spoke with our correspondent on Sunday, said Nigerians elected the  governors to find solutions to their problems rather than become ‘beggars’ by relying on the Federal Government for  bailout.

He said, “So, if the state governors have no solutions to the economic downturn and cannot afford to pay their workers’ salaries, they should resign and stop living like beggars, depending on the Federal Government for bailout.  Since bailouts are loans the states must pay back, they are inadvertently mortgaging the future of their states.”

The PDP chieftain advised the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to set the country on the path of true federalism.

He said the 36 states structure was a waste of resources, adding that the country would fare well if it was divided into regions.

He said, “The APC is divided into two: the progressive and the conservative. The progressives within the party should champion the return of the country into a zonal structure with autonomy granted to the regions. The government can no longer afford to fund 36 states again. This country urgently needs a restructuring.

“The 36 states structure is dragging us backward. Why should the provision of electricity be on the exclusive list? Why must we have a national grid for electricity and not zonal or state grid? Why can’t states have their own police?”

Speaking on the proposed Religous Preaching Bill before the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Ogunlewe said it was unnecessary because it had been covered in the Nigerian constitution.

Ogunlewe, therefore, asked the  Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to drop the controversial   bill.

He said, “The Kaduna Religious Preaching Bill is unnecessary because it has been provided for by the Nigerian constitution. It will only heat up the polity. Since the Nigerian constitution already contains what the bill seeks to achieve, there is no need for a separate law on the matter in the state. Nobody can curtail freedom of speech and association.”

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