—— Assures Civil Servants Of Payment Of Backlog Of Owed Salaries
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola has re-assured the people of the state that his government will deliver all the promises made, stating that nothing now stops him from hitting the ground running.
The governor also assured that the backlog of salaries owed civil servants in the state would be cleared.
Oyetola who stated this when civil servants hosted him for his victory last Friday at the Supreme Court, further stated the resolve of his administration to sustain prompt and full payment of salaries to workers.
While describing the 8-month long litigation as tough and a big distractions, he urged the civil servants to believe in his administration, be dedicated, give their full support, as well as show understanding and commitment to duty.
His words: “I have no reason not to hit the ground running, we will deliver on our promises.
“I will not only sustain the payment of your full salary but by the grace of God, I’ll pay your arrears. I will prioritise your welfare.
“The journey was tough and full of distractions. It was a difficult period for planning. Anytime you made a move to plan, you remember that it is only if all things are equal. You did not know how long you could plan.
”Now that the battle is over, I call on everybody including the opponents to support us to move the state forward because I believe in participatory government,” the governor said.
Oyetola then commended the civil servants for not joining a group of pensioners who protested last month over their yet to be paid arrears of wages, claiming that the state government had received a tranche of Paris Club refund.
“It is not true that our government has received a Paris Club refund. We cannot deceive our people,” the governor said.
Prayers were held for the success of the administration.
With the governor at the reception were his deputy Mr. Benedict Alabi, Secretary to the State Government Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Head of Service Dr. Oyebade Olowogboyega, who organized the event, a National Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC), Senator Mudashir Hussein, State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman Prince Gboyega Famodun, permanent secretaries, heads of government agencies and other senior government and public servants.