Governor of Ebonyi state Dave Umahi will not join governors who have reportedly cut their salary by 50 per cent.
He said moves by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some states governors to reduce their salaries would be too meagre to address the current financial problems confronting the country.
According to Vanguard, Umahi stated this on Sunday after he held a closed door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his hilltop mansion .
“I hit the ground running from day one and I don’t believe in makeshift things. I also don’t believe in cutting 50 percent of your salary. That’s not where the issue is. I think it’s not the major issue.
“The major issue is to be honest to the people, it’s to deploy the resources God has given the people. Don’t cheat them, don’t steal their money. What we take as political leaders, what is due to us is really very meagre.
“I earn about N600,000 a month; so if I cut it down to 50 percent, that’s N300,000. That is not the kind of money the society is looking for. They are asking whatever is due to us, give it to us and I believe in that,” Umahi said.
He noted that the dwindling prices of oil in the international market was a blessing in disguise to the country as this had compelled the government to think seriously about the economy.