- Governor Aregbesiola approved payment of salary to Osun state workers and pensioners
- The governor applauded the workers for their perseverance
- He noted that the state has had to battle weak finances
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has approved the release of N19.8 billion for the payment of four month salary to the state workers and pensioners.
Daily Trust reports that this was contained in a statement signed by the state commissioner of finance, Bola Oyebamiji, on Tuesday, September 11.
Aregbesola commended the state workers for their perseverance despite the state’s financial situation.
He said: “In line with its agenda and fulfillment of its promise to the state workers regarding prioritisation of their welfare above others, the government of the State of Osun has commenced payment of full salary and arrears in line with available resources.
“This decision was taken at the meeting of the Fund Apportionment Committee led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu with labour and government representatives in attendance.
“In line with labour unions’ demands and current financial position of the state, government of the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has authorised payment of of four (4) months salary arrears and 2016 leave bonus to its workers.
“Also, Mr Governor has directed that going-forward, workers in the state should be paid their full salary as and when due to demonstrate his commitment to his earlier promises.
“With this, government of the state of Osun has commenced gradual disbursement of Nineteen Billion, Eight Hundred and One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-One Naira, Twenty-Two Kobo (19,801,328,271.22) as salaries and other entitlements to its workers.”
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Meanwhile, the Osun state government led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola agreed to pay the state civil servants their full salaries for the month of August as well as to offset accumulated four months’ salary arrears of 2015.
NAIJ.com gathered that the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi, disclosed this after a marathon meeting with officials of state government on Tuesday, September 11.
Adekomi said the workers' 2016 leave bonus would also be paid with immediate effect, while the rest arrears would be settled as soon as the much expected N16 billion Paris Club refund is received.
It was gathered that the leadership of the NLC had given the state government a seven day ultimatum effective Monday, September 10, to pay all outstanding salaries, allowances and other entitlements of the state workers with immediate effect or face a strike action.
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