The true state of Osun workers’ salaries, pensioners’ benefits – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has explained the status of civil servants’ salaries in the state.

Mr. Aregbesola said this on Wednesday in Osogbo at a symposium organised by the Osun Command of the Police Community Relations Committee.

The governor said in spite of the economic challenges confronting the nation and the state in particular, his administration had not failed in paying workers regularly.

Mr. Aregbesola said he was aware of the insinuation being peddled by those he regarded as adversaries to incite the public against his administration.

He, however, said most workers in the state had been paid up to June.

“Let me make a resounding correction that despite the paucity of funds, it is only a section of workers on grade level 12 and above who receive painfully 50 per cent of their gross salaries based on agreement between the government and the labour union.

“So, outside that category of workers on grade level 12 and above, no other receives half of his or her salaries and the workers in this category are just 20 per cent of the state’s workforce.

“Outside that, officers on levels 8-10 receive 75 percent of their salaries while officers on levels 7 and below receive their full pay.

“Contrary to what the naysayers claim about us, all workers in the state have received their salaries up to June this year according to the payment scheme and agreement.

“As we pay active workers, so we pay pensioners.

“The only outstanding pay to pensioners is the gratuity and this is due to workers who choose not to participate in the Contributory Pension Scheme and therefore left service in 2011/2012,’’ the governor said.

In his lecture at the symposium, a former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, attributed some of the socio-economic, religious, political and security challenges in the country to absence of sacrificial spirit among Nigerians.

Mr. Arase, who spoke on “Combating Twin Evil of Terrorism and Kidnapping through People’s Policing in Nigeria,” condemned the incessant cases of kidnapping, terrorism and insurgency in the country.

He said it was time for all Nigerians to develop consciousness toward securing the society by reporting any strange activity within and outside their areas.

(NAN)


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  • Romberg

    You said you are not owing money yet you pay only 50% to some! Despite paying half salary for some years, did you only deduct 50% of taxes from their income? Are these workers able to pay their pension contributions meagre amount? Have they been promoted timely, though to higher level of hunger? If only this man can step forward and the exact amount being paid to these workers! How can a Level 12 year officer feed his family with a take home of N53k and someone is saying he’s the best thing to happen to the world? Even at full pay, some staff can’t meet their responsibilities. I reckon this man should be called out and scourged.

  • Curtx Maccido

    It will be nice to know which percentage of his salaries and security votes was unpaid if level 12 and above, level 8-10 staff were on 50% and 75% salaries respectively…wicked bloke! Was there any deduction from office of First Lady salaries and allowances…?