The Osun State government has commenced the 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 (N19,801,328,271.22) as salaries and other entitlements to its workers.
This development starts amid efforts by the ruling All Progressives Congress to retain the control of the state when the governorship election holds in the state on September 22.
In the statement that disclosed the development signed the Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, on Tuesday, the government applauded the workers for their perseverance and commitment to the state despite the lean finances of Osun.
The statement reads: “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 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 (N19,801,328,271.22) as salaries and other entitlements to its workers.”
However, workers in the state have reacted to the sudden disbursement saying it was geared towards the coming election.
“The state has the money. They were keeping it because of election. Well, we are glad to hear the news but that will not change the candidate we are voting for come September 22,” said Musibau Raji, a teacher at Gbongan Town.
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