By Lawrence Olaoye
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan paid a N2 billion ecological fund only to governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) excluding those in the then opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the last administration was discriminatory against some state governors in the distribution of bailout funds.
He made this disclosure in an interaction with State House correspondents at the end of governors’ meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, yesterday.
In the face of the worsening state of the economy, Oshiomhole, however said that President Buhari has remained a rallying point for all state governments in the country irrespective of political affiliation.
He said: “We are very lucky to have President Buhari at this time. I have been here now for seven and half years and I have had the opportunity to work with three Presidents that is the truth.
“Under the last President, it would have been impossible for us to approach Abuja to give us support because we have personal challenges. We have been given lectures on fiscal responsibility and all those kind of talks, even though the wastage was more here than any other place at that time.
“We have a President who recognizes that he is not just President of the federal government; he is the president of the federation of which the states are part and regardless of our political affiliation, this is very important: everybody is able to ask this President to give him support and he is giving.
“Whereas, in the recent past some PDP governors got N2 billion from ecology fund, we APC governors were not given. But we promised to be different and I am happy this president is showing that difference,” he added
On the new proposal for increase of minimum wage by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), he said that he always believe in a living wage for workers.
The governor said that he has been able to pay Edo State workers’ salaries despite the financial crunch because of his belief that their wages ranked high in terms of priorities for his government.
According to him, there was no need for him to borrow to pay salaries as he had increased revenue generation by taxing the wealthy more in the state.