Three times a year's salary the departing governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, granted himself and his entourage as a going away present. Such is the allegation of his successor in office. The treasury of the state in South-West Nigeria is now empty to a point that the newly installed government hardly manages to pay the minimum wage for civil servants and for companies with over fifty employees. In the beginning of the year a national Bill passed augmenting that salary to 18,000 Naira, which is about 85 euros. A month. To be able to pay out these civil servant's salaries in Oyo State, the recently inaugurated political office holders haven't been paid since they came in office. This was the talk of the town in Ibadan, Nigeria's third city and capital of Oyo State, this weekend. Nigerian politicians are amongst the best paid in the world. But in most parts of the country these high-earners haven't paid out the minimum wage ever since it became law.
(Source: The Nation on Sunday, July 10, 2011)