The Osun State Government has asked a group of pensioners protesting the non-payment of their pension and who alleged that the state had received the second tranche of Paris Club refunds about a month ago must apologise to the people.
A statement on Wednesday by the Director, Bureau of Public Communication in the state, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon said: “The attention of the Osun State Government has been drawn to another in the series of protests by a group of pensioners who have filed out again on Wednesday (today) for reasons best known to them.
“It is interesting to note that about a month ago, this same set of pensioners accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of collecting and diverting the second tranche of Paris loan refund, which they claimed had been released to Osun State by the federal government.
“As they have come out today, they have a duty to actually apologise not only to Aregbesola’s government, but also to the good people of Osun State for misinforming, confusing and creating tension in the state through their false claim that the governor had received the second tranche of Paris loan refund about a month ago.
“Like we have said, Osun State Government, with it’s commitment to transparency under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola made the announcement yesterday (Tuesday) to confirm the receipt of N6.314billion as the second tranche of Paris loan refund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“The money was paid into the account of the state government on Monday and we duly made the announcement yesterday, informing the public that Osun has got the second tranche of Paris loan refund.
“In line with our government’s promise to utilise the resources of this state in the best interest of our people, we hereby restate our commitment to this promise as we begin shortly transparent deployment on our commitments to the concerned stakeholders”.