In what appears as an impossible task, judging from the reduction from Federal Allocation to all the states, the Ogun State Government has paid workers’ salaries up to December, with a 10 percent bonus.
Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, who made this known while addressing newsman in Abeokuta Tuesday, disclosed that in spite of the huge reduction in Federal Allocation, as a result of which many states have not been able to pay their workers for about three months, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration has painstakingly ensured the full payment of workers’ salaries.
“Since July 2013, all the states in the country have been undergoing definite degree of financial uncertainties. As at last month, 23 states were not able to pay salaries while in Ogun State, salary has never been an issue”, he said.
Adeoluwa also applauded the governor’s investment initiatives, which he said has brought many foreign investors to the state and also enforced all dwellers in the state to remit their taxes to the state of their residence, thereby increasing the Internally Generated Revenue from which the government would be able to pay the workers without borrowing.
He pointed out that the state has never borrowed to pay workers’ salaries due to the investment initiatives of the present administration.
“I imagine what would have been the lot of the state if His Excellency had not brought investors, which has increased the IGR from N730 million to over N6 billion in the state. The government has been working round the clock to ensure that workers celebrate the New Year with smiles on their faces”, he said.
While fielding questions from journalists, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun stressed that in spite of delay of the Federal Allocation for this month, the state government has been able to achieve this fit through its IGR from employees of labour and tax remittance from residence who work in nearby states.
She added that the 10 percent bonus has been paid alongside with the salary, adding that the “payment of 10 percent of the basic salary has been paid along with the salary.
“Only Lagos and Ogun States have paid December salaries alongside with bonus,” she stated.