11 days to governorship election, Osun releases N19.8bn for workers’ salaries

11 days to governorship election, Osun releases N19.8bn for workers’ salaries

The Osun state government has released N19.8 billion for the payment of salaries of workers and pensioners. This is coming 11 days to the governorship

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The Osun state government has released N19.8 billion for the payment of salaries of workers and pensioners. This is coming 11 days to the governorship election. Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of the state, directed the payment of the arrears to demonstrate his commitment to his promises while commending the workers for their perseverance despite the lean finances of Osun.

“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,” a statement released by the governor read.

“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, the government of the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has authorised payment of four 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.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that there was a secret release of N16 billion Paris Club refund to the state ahead of the election.