NEWS Don’t blame oil crash on debts – Osh­iom­hole

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vin­cent Egun­yanga, Benin

Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole of Edo State has ad­vised states which owe work­ers’ salaries to re­visit their ex­pen­di­ture in­stead of blam­ing it on the crash in crude oil prices.

Osh­iom­hole who said his state was meet­ing its obli­ga­tions to work­ers, urged top-level public ser­vants in the state to look in­wards to en­sure that the state con­tin­ues to ini­ti­ate and ex­e­cute fresh cap­i­tal projects in ad­di­tion to com­plet­ing on­go­ing ones and meet­ing ba­sic re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­tures in spite of dwin­dling re­sources from the fed­er­a­tion ac­count.

Speak­ing yesterday at a three-day re­treat for mem­bers of the State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil and per­ma­nent sec­re­taries in Abuja, he said a lot still needs to be done to en­sure that his ad­min­is­tra­tion fin­ishes stronger than it started.

“There are wastages in our sys­tem. From our ex­pe­ri­ence in Edo, with­out at­tack­ing wages, we have cut a cou­ple of things with­out hav­ing to phys­i­cally carry out re­trench­ment in the way some other state gov­ern­ments have done”, he said.

The guest speaker, Prof Doyin Salami, lauded the state gov­ern­ment’s ju­di­cious use of funds which he noted was bal­anced be­tween re­cur­rent and cap­i­tal projects, a feat he de­scribed as one of the best in the coun­try and called for its sus­te­nance.

He how­ever urged the state gov­ern­ment to look be­yond the oil sec­tor in gen­er­at­ing rev­enue to en­able the gov­ern­ment de­liver even more and con­sol­i­date on its de­vel­op­men­tal obli­ga­tions to the peo­ple.

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