The Ogun state governor, senator Ibikunle Amosun has distributed cheques totalling N1.5billion for the payment of severance allowances to 663 former political office holders in the state. Beneficiaries of the yesterday’s payment include those who served under Amosun’s predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, between 2007 and 2011 and those that served during his first tenure between 2011 and 2015. Amosun who gave out cheques to some of the beneficiaries at the Arcade ground, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, stressed that his administration would continue to be committed, not only to the welfare of the state’s civil servants but also to political appointees. The Governor disclosed that he was able to clear the allowances and six outstanding he owed the workers from the N10.6billion the state got from the federal government. Explaining why some political appointees didn’t benefit from the gesture, Amosun said all beneficiaries must have served the state for at least three years to qualify. He noted that the federal government advised all states to use at least 25 percent of the money to pay parts of the outstanding they owed the workers, saying that “the state is not only spending 25percent but we have exhausted all the money on workers welfare”.