The Osun 2018 governorship aspirant under the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Alfred Adegoke, has condemned the Rauf Aregbesola-led government over the ‘sudden’ payment of full salaries to the state workers.
CAMPUS REPORTER reported the commencement of the payment of full salaries to civil servants on Wednesday, after three years of receiving half salaries.
Prior to this time, only workers below level 7 received full salary. Workers between level 8 and 12 had been receiving 75 per cent of their salaries while the state’s staff on grade level 13 and above had been receiving 50 per cent of their salaries in line with the structure.
According to the press statement signed by Mr Alfred Adegoke on Thursday, the payment of full salary is a gimmick to blindfold the people of Osun towards the gubernatorial election scheduled for September 22.
The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to newspaper reports that the APC-led Rauf Aregbesola government in Osun State has commenced full payment of salaries to the workers of the state for the month of July 2018. We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) consider it despicable that the Aregbesola/APC government in Osun-State could shamelessly engage in a vainglorious self-adulation for paying workers their well-deserved wages.
“It is a shame that the ruling APC is trying to make political capital out of this. Payment of workers full salary and entitlement is a basic, statutory and routine responsibility of government anywhere in the world. More so, workers worked for a full one month and therefore are entitled to nothing less than a full salary; so where is the achievement in doing this?”
“Therefore instead of seeking any glorification, the ruling APC should cover its face in shame for paying fractions of salaries in the first place. We have said times without number that, in spite of the economic crisis, Osun state has enough resources to pay salaries and pensions but for the profligacy of Governor Aregbesola and his henchmen. That they have suddenly found money to pay full salaries few weeks to elections proves us right.”
“Meanwhile the government still owes over 30 months of a backlog of salaries and pensions and it has said nothing about when it will pay that. This is nothing but Greek gift and I call on the working people of the state not to fall for it. A leopard cannot change its spot. An APC victory on September 22 will mean another four years of hunger.”
“The sudden U-turn away from the system of paying workers fractions of their statutory salaries, which the state government has employed for odd years, is a desperate attempt to trick the good people of Osun State into voting the candidate of the APC in the September 22 gubernatorial election of the state.”
“It should be recalled that the Aregbesola/APC government promised to commence full payment of salaries and pensions by April this year. But the government reneged on this. Indeed, the government was forced by workers’ strike to pay full salaries in January 2018, but this was stopped in subsequent months.”
On the state of the state-owned university, whose workers are on strike, he stated that; “This shows the dubious character of the Aregbesola/APC government. Also, staff unions in the state-owned polytechnics and colleges of education are on strike over several months of unpaid salaries, allowances and deductions, while lecturers in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), jointly owned by Osun and Oyo State have declared industrial action over failure of the two states to pay backlogs of salaries, and adequately fund the school.”
Mr Alfred then urges the public to be wary of gifts that the APC-Aregbesola government is about to shower on Osun people with the same hoarded resources that the government had starved the people with.
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