By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Osun State Government on Tuesday said that it has made available the sum of N19,801,328,271.22 for payment of four months arrears of salary and 2016 leave bonus to the state workers.
The cheering news was contained in a statement signed by Mr Bola Oyebamiji, the Commissioner for Finance in the state.
According to him, “In line with its agenda and fulfillment of its promise to the State workers regarding prioritisation of their welfare above others, the government of the State of Osun has commenced payment of full salary and arrears in line with available resources.”
The release stated that the decision was taken at the meeting of the Fund Apportionment Committee led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu with labour and government representatives in attendance.
The release further explained that in line with labour unions’ demands and current financial position of the state, government of the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has authorised payment of of four (4) months salary arrears and 2016 leave bonus to its workers.
Also, Mr Governor has directed that going-forward, workers in the state should be paid their full salary as and when due to demonstrate his commitment to his earlier promises.
With this, Government of the State of Osun has commenced gradual disbursement of Nineteen Billion, Eight Hundred and One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-One Naira, Twenty-Two Kobo (19,801,328,271.22) as salaries and other entitlements to its workers.
The release therefore commends labour unions and their allies for supporting this government and for believing in its capacity to honour its promises.
The release also pledges to always put workers’ welfare above other considerations as the government enters its final phase.