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Unpaid Salaries: APC Urges FG To Bail Out States

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 1:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti / Osogbo


Osun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, passionately appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to strongly consider a bailout for states owing workers their salaries.

The party said the impact of the situation was being felt by millions of Nigerians.

Prince Adegboyega Famodun

Prince Adegboyega Famodun

The State Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, gave the appeal in Osogbo at a stakeholders’ parley, held at the party secretariat.

Famodun who insisted that if the federal government can bail out banks with more than N4trillion, it makes sense for the government at the centre to bail out states whose impact are felt by millions of the people.

The APC leader also fielded questions from reporters, and disclosed that the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was not considering retrenchment of workers as alternative to the salary problem in the state.

He therefore appealed to workers to be patient with the state government, and assured them that they would be paid before the end of the month.

Famodun maintained that the APC promised a Six Point Integral Action Plan to the people, adding that it has not failed to prosecute its programmes and policies to the people of the state.

He denied allegation by the opposition that the administration of Aregbesola had embarked white elephant projects that are not of use to the people of the state.

He blamed the current financial crisis on the immediate past government led by the PDP.

The party leader noted that under the President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP government, the allocation to Osun State dropped to about 80%.

He added that mismanagement of the nation’s economic resources by the ousted PDP led federal government also contributed to the crisis.

Famoodun revealed that at the peak of statutory allocation to Osun, the state got N5.5 billion in February 2013 but this has dropped to N466 million by April 2015.

According to him, “as at the time the APC came on board in November, 2010, the emoluments of workers in the state was N1.4 billion while it stands today at N3.6 billion, following the increase in minimum wage in 2012.