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Obaseki’s Camp Brings New Pressure On Shaibu With Big Slash In Dep Gov’s 2024 Budget Allocation



Shaibu budget slash

The crisis between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu is playing out in the 2024 budget of the state with the office of the deputy governor receiving a paltry N300m as compared to billions received in the past. reports that the N300m annual budget allocation for 2024 pales to the N650m allocated to the office of the Edo deputy governor in the second quarter of 2022.

The allocation to the deputy governor’s office is considerably below what was provided for other principal offices of the government. reports that besides the poor allocation to the deputy governor for 2024 that Comrade Shaibu has recently complained that he has not received his salary and allocation to the office for about six months.

The 2024 budget was signed into law in the evening of  Friday,  December 15, 2023.

   It was gathered that some lawmakers believed to be loyal to the deputy governor opposed the decision of the members of the assembly to pass the budget as presented by the governor which they said was an “unfair appropriation” but that they were overwhelmed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Blessing Agbebaku and others.

  A peep into the budget as passed showed that the sum of N19, 148, 177, 584 was approved for the governor while the deputy governor was allocated the sum of N345, 522,729.

  The office of the Secretary to State Government (SSG) had N8, 847, 647, 676, office of the Head of Service (HoS) N968, 000, 000 while the House of Assembly had the sum of N13, 074, 500, 000.

  A politician close to the governor said the camp of the governor has taken a vow to ridicule and  punish Shaibu financially in a bid to frustrate his governorship aspiration.

A principal member of the Edo State House of Assembly explaining the slash of the deputy governor’s budget for 2024:

“The sum allocated to the office of the deputy governor is not small. The deputy governor is contesting election and you know what it takes to contest, he will have no time for official duties so the governor decided that since he will not do those official work, you cannot allocate such money to the office” he said.

Some observers believe that the slash in the allocation to the deputy governor’s office was because of his ambition to succeed his boss as governor of Edo State.

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