I am not happy paying half salaries to workers – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Sunday said he was not happy paying half salaries to civil servants and political appointees in the state.

The information is in a statement by Adelani Baderinwa, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osogbo.

Mr. Baderinwa stated that the governor said this when federal government team on digital switch over visited him at the governor’s office.

He quoted Mr. Aregbesola as saying “economic downturn induced by brazen corruption, wanton theft of crude oil and mismanagement of the country’s resources by the last administration forced the state to what it was witnessing today.’’

According to the governor, no reasonable person or government will be happy not performing its required responsibility.

He added that “we are not happy paying modulated salary to our workers in the civil service and political appointees. We are compelled by financial reality.

“Contrary to the lies around, it is not all our workers that receive half salary.

“Workers on levels 1-7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the workforce are being paid full salary.

“Workers on levels 8-10 receive 75 per cent of their salary, while levels 12 upward collect 50 per cent of their salary.

“The workers have shown maturity, support and understanding. We acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices and support of the workers.”

Mr. Aregbesola, however, said the financial burden on the government was incurred to provide infrastructure and develop the state.

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  • Tommy Soto

    There must be too many political ghost, or non-productive workers on the state payrolls. The Paris funds tranches should have remedied this situation.

  • Ismaeel Abiodun Uthman

    Attention Editor! This story is not correct. The reporter made a big mistake in the attribution. The governor himself made the statement, not his commissioner, Baderinwa. I was at the event where the governor said “we are unhappy paying modulated salary to our workers”. I do not want to believe this is a mischief. Here is the correct version of the story:
    We Are Not Happy Paying Modulated Salary to Workers – Aregbesola

    Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has expressed his grief over the inability of the state government to pay full salary to the workers in the civil service and political appointees.
    Aregbesola said he was unhappy on the payment of modulated salary to the workers, just as he explained that not all the civil servants in the state are affected by the modulated salary.
    He stated this at the weekend while addressing a team of Federal Government on the Digital Switch Over who was on advocacy visit to the state, led to his office by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa.
    According to the governor, economic downturn induced by the brazen corruption, wanton theft of crude oil and mismanagement of the country’s resources by the PDP Democratic Party (PDP) led Federal Government forced the state to what it is witnessing today.
    Aregbesola said no reasonable person or government would be happy not being incapacitated to perform his/its required responsibility.
    The governor said: “We are not happy paying modulated salary to our workers in the civil service and political appointees, we are compelled by the financial reality; we are constrained.
    “Contrary to the lies you are being fed, it is not all our workers that receive half salary. Workers on level 1-7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the workforce are being paid full salary. Workers on level 8-11 showed understanding with the government to accept 75% of their salary.
    “It is only workers on grade level 12 upward that receive 50% of their salary. The workers have shown maturity, support and understanding. We acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice and support of the workers.”
    Aregbesola said the financial burden on the government was incurred to provide massive infrastructure to transform the state and develop it economically, noting that Osogbo desired infrastructure development to have a look of a state capital.
    He said: “Before our government, Osogbo roads were very narrow and since there was no development, there was no heavy traffic and the roads accommodated the users. However, there was influx of people to the state since our administration came on board. There was heavy traffic on the Osogbo roads and they could not accommodate the traffic anymore.
    “We started construction of new roads and rehabilitation of some existing ones to ease traffic. As a visionary government, we know that by the time our economic plan begins to grow, the Osogbo roads would become busier, so we come up with the construction of Osogbo East Bypass road.
    “The Osogbo east bypass road has four big bridges. Anybody that does not have business in Osogbo will take the road to their various destinations. This will reduce traffic on Osogbo township roads. We constructed the road for economic purposes. People that are narrow in thinking do not know that.
    “We know that things are hard and the state is passing through financial difficulty. But we are undeterred by the challenges. Our credo is to see that our people explore their freedom for economic prosperity.
    “Our joy is in the fact that we will leave a legacy that will transform into economic prosperity for the people and the state. Like the credo of our mentor, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, we want freedom for all, life more abundant.”
    In his address, Baderiwa, the commissioner for Information and Strategy, said he was in support of the Digital Switch Over, saying that it will provide for young and talented men and women and as well throw challenges to the lazy and unproductive workers in the media industry.

  • manager

    Paying them half salary but paying yourself full salary, why nigeria can’t have good leaders

  • atakamosu

    How can a state that has Gold deposits, agricultural products and other income generating businesses be unable to pay their workers? Yet the relatives of those in government run lucrative businesses in the state and even hire their girlfriends. Obviously, the state government is rudderless. 2019 is coming!

  • Lanre

    In essence, you are owing workers salaries. This then constitutes part of the debt the state owes which must be paid by you before your leave!

  • femi

    and you want to build a white elephant 69 billion naira airport when the one in akure hardly gets 5 flights a week shameless he goat