By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has debunked the rumour making the rounds that the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, was planning a massive retrenchment of senior civil servants on grade level 12 and above, including other workers above the age of 50 from the state’s employment after the general elections.
A statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC described the rumour as, “The usual silly spin of falsehood characteristic of PDP’s evil genius for manufacturing and propagating wicked lies especially in Osun state.”
According to the APC, “At no time did Aregbesola contemplate to retrench any staff of any grade or age, and no such thing will be allowed to happen any time soon or in the future.
The statement read in part: “From day one, the policy of gainful employment of the APC governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had been, continues to remain and will be the intensified mantra of the party in the months and years ahead. The only monstrous obstacle to this policy is the evil construct of the PDP-led Federal Government in starving Osun State of its legitimate statutory funding.
“Not many people knew, until Governor Fashola of Lagos State revealed recently, that to further starve APC states in particular of funding assistance, the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ordered the banks not to help fund state government projects.
“This kind of frustrating impediment is what the PDP is using to force states of the opposition to look for ways to overcome deliberate strangulation, through forced retirement of workers.
“But the APC government is more innovative and constructive than the PDP had imagined.
“Rather than contemplate retrenchment as being schemed, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is planning the creation of more jobs for the people; and one of the ways, indeed the most effective way to achieve this for Nigerians, is to defeat the PDP on March 28 and April 11 presidential and general elections.”