Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun said yesterday that the government was not owing salaries.
He said his administration inherited N2.4billion from his predecessor on the payroll of the Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) alone.
The governor urged the institution’s workers to dialogue with the government rather than protesting. Amosun spoke at a tour of Ijebu Ode Local Government.
He said: “If the government pays such huge amount of money, it will collapse and won’t be able to do other projects.
“Few days ago, our lecturers protested the non-payment of their arrears.
“When I was coming, I saw some placards with inscription, such as “Amosun pay our 48-month arrears” but I want to tell you that we do not owe anybody in the state.
“We will invite you again and fine-tune things. But let me say this because we are responsible to you.
“As we are speaking, Amosun and the Ogun State government do not owe anybody in the state.
“We do not intend to owe anybody and we will not owe. If I say I will pay the money once, the government will collapse but we will pay gradually.”
The paramount ruler of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Chief Imam of Ijebu, Abdlerasaq Salaudeen and leaders in Ijebu have endorsed Amosun for a second term.
The monarch said: “The people will repay your good works in the 2015 election. What we have seen in this administration has not been experienced in Ogun East Senatorial District before.
“In December, I will celebrate my 55th coronation anniversary and I have never experienced such in the past.
“The two flyover bridges here have contributed to the development of Ijebu land..”
Salaudeen said: “We accept our governor the way other zones in the state accepted him. We even accept him more than them. We pray that God gives him more knowledge and strength to move the state forward.”
Speaking on behalf of other leaders, M.O Olaiya, urged the people to consider the good work the governor had done