Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged workers in the state to persevere a little with present financial storm that has been facing the state for quite some time.
The governor at a meeting held with labour leaders in the state on Monday night, expressed the conviction that the end to the financial problems of the state would soon be over and normalcy would return to governance in the state.
Aregbesola who acknowledged the cooperation, support and perseverance of the workforce since the financial problem ,said history will judge them having made immense contributions to the growth and development of the state.
The Governor made it clear that it is impossible for him to deliberately make life difficult for the workers which he has so much compassion for, saying what is happening is inevitable.
Speaking on payment of November salary, Aregbesola said payment were delayed due to late release of allocation from the federation account and lack of sufficient Internally Generated Revenue.
He said his government has always strive to get the modulated salary structure paid promptly so workers and pensioners will be able to meet their domestic obligation.
This, he said has been consistent in comparison with what is happening at neighboring states where workers were owed several months of salary.
Mr. Gov stated that the present pattern of modulated salary structure cannot be altered now due to obvious lack of fund.
However, promised workers that they would begin to receive credit alert for the payment of November salary at any moment.
He expressed pains at the plight of contributory pensioners, assured them that his government is doing all within its powers to get them relieved of the undeserved burden of not been paid their dues on time.
He called for new orientation within the workforce whereby every worker will see himself / herself as tax marshals so as to raise enough revenue for the running of government and without expectations of fund from anywhere else, saying most developed countries rely on tax in running their government.
Emphasizing the need for the new orientation in view of the development in the world, whereby the relevance of oil which Nigeria relied so much is getting reduced, Aregbesola added that there is no alternative to generating revenue internally for the running of governments than tax.
The workers remind that both the first and second tranche of the Paris Club Refund were used to pay salary and pensions, disclosing that a huge sum of money were added to the first tranche to pay three months salaries to the workers.
About 95 per cent of the second tranche of the paris club refund, according to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa was used to pay workers salary, arrears and pension in July this year.
Baderinwa said the third tranche of the refund would also be committed to payment of salary, pension and other financial commitment as might be decided by the Comrade Hassan Sumonu led Apportionment Committee.
ITESIWAJU Osun, lo’jewa loo’gun
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