Less than 24 hours after the Osun state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke threatened to resist any attempt made by governor Rauf Aregbesola to divert the N16.6 Bn meant for payment of workers salary, the State Government has begun payment of workers’ salaries.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, today at a press conference in Osogbo.
The state government claimed that it added N3 billion generated from other sources to make it a total of N19.8 billion which was used to pay the August salaries, four months’ salary arrears, pensions and leave bonuses to the workers.
Oyebamiji said, “The latest Paris Club refund released to the state by the Federal Government is N16.623, 296,402.82 while Mr Governor has approved the disbursement of N19, 801,328,271.22 to clear four months of salary arrears, pension arrears and leave bonus with adequate provision for full salaries.
“For the second month, we have now paid full salaries to all our workers. It is my hope and prayers that this will be sustained, and we will never have cause to modulate workers’ salaries in Osun again.
“Therefore, on behalf of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, I will like to commend and thank all the workers in Osun for their sacrifice, resilience and unflinching support to the government and dedication to duty, even in the midst of daunting challenges. I have no doubt that workers, in their demonstrable good nature and Omoluabi spirit, will reciprocate this good gesture from the government.”