By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
As striking workers and pensioners continue to protest the non-payment of salaries in Osun State, another civil servant, simply identified as Tunde, on Thursday collapsed and died at Government Secretariat, Osogbo.
Tunde, who was a night watchman with Osun State Government, died following his inability to buy food and drugs due to non payment of his salary in last seven months.
The night watchman attached to the Auditor-general’s Office was said to be on night duty when he collapsed and died instantly at his duty post.
Investigation conducted by WESTERN POST revealed that the man who hailed from Modakeke fell into the cold hand of death due to his failure to take the usual drugs for the management of his illness.
Our Correspondent reports that the incident drew the attention of staff of Auditor-general office where the man was working but all efforts to rescue him proved abortive.
It took the effort of men of Nigeria Police Force and Civil Defence Corps to evacuate the corpse with hundreds of sympathizers on hand.
A similar case was also reported on Wednesday when a middle-aged man died for lack of money to purchase drugs. Speaking on the development, the Secretary of the Trade Union Congress in Osun State, Mrs. Tola Nosegbe, urged well-meaning Nigerians to join Christian Association of Nigeria and churches in giving aids to workers in the state to save them from untimely death.
Mrs. Nosegbe maintained that government had not been transparent in its approach to the non-payment of workers salary, saying government should explain how it expended the allocation collected from January this year to date.
On his part, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Alfred Adegoke, who maintained that there was no justification whatsoever for the non-payment of salary to workers in the state in the past seven months, noted that government should look inward and develop holistic approach to solve the problem.
Adegoke attributed the challenges confronting the state to misplacement of priority and mismanagement of resources, hence the need for government to urgently retrace its steps or face mass protest by the people of the state.
Workers and pensioners in Osun State have not received salary in the past seven months.