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Osun Paid Salaries Up To December Despite Poor FAAC Allocation’

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

Osun State government has assured the working force and residents of the state that the administration would pay salaries promptly.
A statement issued by Semiu Okanlawon, the media director to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said that the state has weathered the storm to pay salaries up to December 2015.
The opposition in the state had criticised the poor allocation to the state in which the state received N6.23 million as February allocation to the state saying that the allocation was due to reckless spending.
The state government also faulted insinuation raised by the opposition that it would not be able to pay March salary because of the reduced allocation to the state.
The government described as uncalled for insinuations that the state would not pay salaries of its workers in March as a result of the N6 million federal allocations that accrued to it for the month of February.
The government assured its workers that just as the Rauf Aregbesola administration had weathered the storm to pay salaries up to December, the government is executing with the support of all stakeholders, including the workers, a well-mapped out strategy for ensuring that workers are not made to pay more price for the dwindling allocation than they have done.
“The state received less than N150 million from October till date, due the repayment obligations for the Infrastructure Programmes it has been prosecuting. In spite of the heavy obligations, Osun has paid more than N5 billion in salaries between the same periods.
“FAAC is not only source of revenue to the state, and the commendable support of workers had allowed us to stretch our reserves and other sources to pay workers on mutually agreed terms as well as fulfill our development promises to the majority of the people.

“As at today, the process for the payment of January salaries is at the final stages. Osun workers will receive their salaries from this week in preparation for Easter holidays,” the government said.
Okanlawon also said the state remained major projects site, employing thousands of people in simultaneous construction of major roads, model schools and other infrastructure mostly to be completed before the end of the year.
“Osun is therefore fulfilling its obligations to the people and running government. The state is calling all that care to come to visit Osun to see for themselves the mood in the state rather than pander to rumours, conjectures and lies,” he stated.
He said that Osun, under Aregbesola, did not have to wait for the day the state would get N6 million as allocation before proffering solutions towards sustainable economic self-reliance.
“This is why Osun has reduced the cost of governance, moved aggressively to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), sought to attract investments into the state through provision of hitherto non-existent infrastructure and enabling environment and instituted performance-driven governance,” the media director said.
He therefore cautioned some critics of the government who are capitalising on the last allocation to make unguarded statements, noting that Osun’s resources could not have been better utilised than what the Aregbesola had done in the last five years.