- Governor Rauf Aregesola reportedly ordered the payment of full salary to Osun workers
- The workers expressed pleasure at the new development
- Pensioners have however not received their payment yet
There was celebration in Osun state over the payment of full salary by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Jacob Adekomi who is the chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Osun state chapter confirmed the payment according to The Punch.
Adekomi confirmed receiving full salary for the month of July and said local government workers and primary school teachers have also started receiving payment alerts.
He said: “The state government has started paying us full salaries. But we are waiting for the payment of arrears of the balance of modulated salaries. We have already given them a 21-day ultimatum and we hope they will pay the arrears before the expiration of the ultimatum.
“Negotiation will soon commence and we are waiting for them to start paying us the arrears. But I can confirm that they have started paying us full salaries and I received the alert yesterday.”
However, the Secretary of the 2011/2012 Forum of Retirees in the state, Sola Olojode, said they had not received their own payment yet.
He said: “We went to the Head of Service two days ago and he assured us that we would be paid full pension for July. We will make noise again if we are not paid as they promised.
“He also assured us that those retirees whose N100, 000 cheques given to them bounced should present the cheques again. The cheques of N100, 000 out of millions of naira gratuities bounced. Can you imagine that? The cheques were given to teachers that retired through Teachers and Establishment and Pension Office.”
Oyebade Olowogboyega who is the head of service commended Governor Aregbesola for the double promotions they received without examinations and the employment of thousands of youths into the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme programme.
He also said the arrears and leave bonuses would be paid and that “the new promotion status of each worker would be reflected and not the former level, while the financial benefits attached to the promotion status would be fulfilled.”
NAIJ.com had reported that ahead of the Eld-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has directed the Ministry of Finance to commence the immediate payment of August salary to workers.
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The commissioner for finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Ilorin, said arrangements have been concluded and a facility secured to ensure workers begin to receive salaries from Thursday, August 16.
He said the governor’s directive was to ensure that the workers have an enjoyable Sallah celebration.
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