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Unpaid Salaries: Osun Crisis Beyond My Control – Aregbesola

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Blames Dwindling Revenue

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

?Governor Rauf Aregbosola of Osun State on Friday, June 12, 2015 met with President Buhari in Abuja, after which he declared that the crisis of unpaid civil servants salaries in the state was beyond his control.

Expressing helplessness over the situation as workers had gone on strike over seven months’ arrears of emoluments, the governor blamed dwindling income from the Federal Government which has left him in a quagmire.

He said he was saddened by the development and the suffering of the workers but asked the public to remember that it had not always been that way since he fully paid salaries and more when the state’s finances were better.

Responding to questions from journalists at the Defence House where he met privately with Buhari, the governor said: “No head of the family will be happy that he cannot feed members of the family. Extend that to state, it is heart-rending that I am in this quagmire.

“But no matter how sad, I don’t want to use the word ‘depressed – no matter how unhappy I am, the truth is that I will not fail to say that it is a situation absolutely beyond my control.”

He said: “I led an administration in receipt of regular allocation with which I do my budget. Unfortunately, this allocation started falling in rapid form that totally disorganised my budget and any other arrangement.”

While ?recalling the other achievements of his administration, Aregbesola said “but with the unexpected and sharp decline in our revenue, we had dislocation. The result of that dislocation is this quite sad experience.”

Noting that some other states were equally affected, he said “were it to be Osun alone, probably I would not have an excuse. I pray it does not continue.

“I am not sure if there will be any state that will actually escape from the biting effect of the absolute sharp drop which I call economic disaster that we are grappling with.”?

Aregbesola said he had been paying 13th month salary to the workers since he? assumed office in 2010 up until 2013 when that became practically impossible.?

“The development that led to this began precisely in July when we received the June allocation and it was short by 40 percent.

“Since then, what we have been receiving from the Federation Account is less than the wages, personnel cost.

“We struggled with it till October 2014. By that time, there was nothing we could do. Add to it is that we could not even go to bank to borrow to pay the wages commitment.


“It is a sad development. I am struggling to reduce the pain as much as possible and I am almost at the end of the efforts I am making to ensure that by the end of this month, I will have enough to at least meet to a large extent, the salary needs of the workers,” the governor added.?