by Hauwa Gambo
The Ogun government said yesterday that it has employed 20,000 sweepers to keep the state clean. The sweepers will be paid above the N18,000 minimum wage, it said.
The governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said this at the 2013 Budget Town Hall Meeting, which held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Revealing that 3,000 and 4,000 of them have been sent to Abeokuta and Ilaro, he added that, prior to their employment, the governor said the state found itself paying millions of naira for refuse disposal equipment.
“We all know how (dirty) the roads were before now. Initially, we were paying payloaders N400, 000 per day. The trailer that would carry the payloader would charge N600, 000,” he said.
The governor also discussed matters including the Farm Settlements being revamped by the state to tackle unemployment, amongst other interventions.
“We have awarded contracts for some of our own major roads in the three senatorial districts in the state and they will be of Ogun standard when completed,” he said. “The Ibara-Totoro Road has offered us a good example of the Ogun standard.”
He didn’t forget to leave the meeting without blaming the former government of the state for leaving him with huge debts, unpaid salaries and a decayed public infrastructure.