Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state of Ogun had reacted to the statement of the former Finance Commissioner of the State of Ogun, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo, that the sum of N18.2 billion was inherited by him when he assumed the position of former governor Ibikunle Amosun .
Abiodun described as absurd, a statement credited to the former commissioner that some money that the state government had been trying to attract for three years was among what he inherited from Amosun.
Latest Nigeria News reported that Oshinowo said that the government led by Abiodun inherited more than N8.218 billion, comprising N5.735 billion of the Federation Account (FAAC / JAAC) and N2.483 billion of the Departments and Agencies of the Ministries (MDA).
According to Oshinowo, the reimbursement of N10.6 billion for Pay As You Earn (PAYE) due to the state of Ogun, which said the Amosun government had worked three years to obtain, had also been paid to Abiodun immediately when he assumed the reins of power; making a total of N18.218 billion.
But Abiodun, speaking exclusively with DAILY POST through his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, said: “no serious person should take Oshinowo seriously.”
“It is absurd that the commissioner in charge of finance after the last administration assumes that the money they were tracking for three years, the money they could not get for three years (part of what was left in the treasury); Now he is counting on that when the money did not arrive the day he left and claimed that figure.
“Any serious person will not take that man seriously. He said he expected some money to enter the treasure, how could he account for what they have not received? Somorin said.
When asked if the money had finally entered the state treasury, he replied: “I must not know. I don’t direct state finances. ”
However, Somorin did not talk more about the actual amount that the Abiodun government inherited from his predecessor when he took office on May 29, 2019.