From: Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Wednesday, said he was much aware of various views on him by his critics within and outside the state.
The governor stated this during an interactive session with Journalists in Sokoto as part of the activities marking his two years in office.
He said being a digital governor with vast knowledge in the social media, he took ample time to read both subjective and objective comments by the people.
The governor further admitted that he often has cause to review them and do the needful.
Tambuwal answered various questions ranging from; his frequent travel out of the state, the ongoing verification exercise within local government civil service, loan profile under his administration and his view on Buhari’s anti corruption war, among others.
He said his frequent travel out of Sokoto was not sometimes pre-determined, adding that, official and personal issues due arose to that effect.
“Just few days ago, former President Obasanjo invited me to chair an event organised for the youth at his Library. The invitation was impromptus and I had to honour it even without been a governor.” Tambuwal explained.
On the ghost workers syndrome in the state, the governor vowed that the ongoing verification exercise of civil servants would continue, even if it would cost him his second term bid.
His words: “For instance, somebody from Zamfara state bought some offers that representing that 270 staff salaries from Tureta local governments would be coming to his purse on monthly basis.
“We discovered the fraud and they were removed. The culprit even have the guts of sending a text message to the SSG threatening legal action.
“Another example is Binji local government. The council had not been getting N10 million as its monthly allocation but its salary is N30 million,” the governor lamented.
The Governor disclosed that no fewer than N300 million are still unclaimed at the Jaiz bank, waiting for genuine workers of the local government to come and claim them.
On the loan profile under his administration, Tambuwal said the loans were secured in good faith and meeting his government obligations to the people.
The governor the state was not owing salaries and allowances of workers while all pensions have been cleared up-to-date, saying, he could not sleep with his two eyes closed while his workers were not paid.