Barely eleven days to the governorship election in Osun State, the state government has released N19.8 billion for the payment of salaries of workers and pensioners.
The governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, ordered the release of the fund.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Finance, Osun State, Bola Oyebamiji, the decision for the payment was taken at the meeting of the fund apportionment committee led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu with labour and government representatives in attendance.
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, 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.”
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