Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has revealed his salary as Governor of the state to contradict popular believe that governors are earning big salary running into millions.
The governor revealed that his monthly take home pay is N650,000 as governor.
Makinde revealed this while addressing the new commissioners in the state.
According to him, poor remuneration packages could be counterproductive to anti-corruption initiatives.
He said: “We do have challenges and I can give you an example of the kind of issues that we are faced with. When I was on the podium being sworn-in, I announced that I was donating my salary to the pension board.
“I actually thought my salary was going to be like N3 or N4 million monthly but when I came in here, I discovered that my salary is only six hundred and fifty naira (N650, 000) monthly, which is less than two thousand dollars ($2,000). And then, I have a budget of over five hundred million dollars. How can somebody earning $24,000 a year preside over a five hundred million dollar budget? The temptation is just too high.
“When I was growing up, anytime I saw permanent secretaries and top civil servants, all around with their entourage, jeeps, Land Cruisers, I thought they were making it big because I was driving Peugeot or Toyota Camry.
“But when I came in here, the salary of Permanent Secretaries is under N500, 000 per month; in such an environment where you have contractors coming with big temptations. The expectation is just too great and high. But the good news is, we will find a solution to this. It’s going to business unusual in Oyo State.”