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Audu Ogbeh: Financial pressure distracts public officers — I earned only N900k as minister

Audu Ogbeh: Financial pressure distracts public officers — I earned only N900k as minister
September 27
09:50 2020

Audu Ogbeh, former minister of agriculture, says he earned N900,000 as salary while in office, but some people wanted him to give them N5 million every week.

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In an interview with The Punch, Ogbeh said if a political leader must satisfy the high demands of his people, he will resort to stealing.

The former minister said political leaders face so much pressure and financial demands from their constituents that they do not have time to analyse policies.

“When they bring out a policy, analyse it quickly and if you don’t know, get experts to tell you the consequences and raise an objection; but we don’t do it. We are too busy and happy with the offices we hold,” Ogbeh said.

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“We come under too much pressure once you climb out from the poverty of your environment. Everybody wants you to give them financial help, to bury their dead, pay school fees and rent as well as give them cash.

“How much do you earn? If you must satisfy them, you must be a thief. There is no pretence about it. As a minister, my salary, rent, housing allowance and everything was N900,000 a month. The party took N100,000. I had N800,000 left but I would be in the office and there would be 50 people waiting to see me. Some requests N2 million, N5 million, N200,000 each week on my visiting day.

“Now, if you don’t give them, you are described as a very stingy and useless man who has got there and doesn’t want to help people. If you must give, you have to take it from illegal sources. That is the plain truth. And because the north has this affliction of poverty, this is the problem of northern leaders, the pressure they face is out of this world.”

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2 Comments

  1. Mamman Bako
    Mamman Bako September 27, 13:52

    This man should be pressed further to tell us about the perks office he has cleverly not spoken about.
    The bribes and gifts he received or couldn’t resist, all the advantages of office he took to advance his farming business.
    His story tells how much many in public service do not understand what it takes to be a public servant. These many will never know, because they are very concerned about being called stingy or wicked.

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    • Rich
      Rich September 28, 08:39

      Which perks? This is why we will never have straightforward people in politics and government.
      He stated all the Perks, yet you ask this foolish question.
      Is there any need not to be corrupt with citizens like you?

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