By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo — Osun State government was yesterday said to have commenced the payment of outstanding salaries to workers in the state.
The Chairman of the Osun Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Jacob Adekomi while addressing newsmen after a meeting with representatives of government on the disbursement of bailout loan for workers salary at the Government House in Osogbo, commended Governor Rauf
Aregbesola for disbursing the bailout loan for the payment of backlog of workers salaries.
Adekomi stated that there was no disagreement between Labour and government on whether the bailout loan will not be used to pay workers salaries as speculated in some quarters.
He stressed that, labour all this while was sure that the fund was intact but was meeting with government on the modalities of how it will be disbursed based on the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, of 13th July, 2015 entered into with government by labour.
Speaking on the MoU between government and the committee inaugurated on disbursement of bailout loan, the NLC boss said the funds to be disbursed will cover the payment of outstanding salaries for the month of January to June.
According to him, “In order to ensure sustainability of payment of salaries in Osun State, the first disbursement from the bailout loan should cover the payment of outstanding September and December 2014 deductions, balance of January and February salaries and full payment of March, April and May 2015 salaries for government workers.”
“That workers in the employment of Local government and Primary school teachers be paid their first instalment out of the bailout loan to cover the payment of balance of March and April, 2015 salaries as well as full payment of May and June, 2015 salaries.
“ That state pensioners be paid balance of December, 2014 as well as January, February and March 2015 pensions while their counterparts in the Local Government and primary schools be paid up to June 2015.” Adekomi emphasised.
The NLC however noted that subsequent payment of salaries will be paid with available net revenue from the Federation Accounts and Internally Generated Revenue will be apportioned in a way to take care of salaries, pensions and expenditure required to run government.
Also, the Chief-of-staff to Governor Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who led government delegation stated that government is working for the interest of workers, saying the bailout loan is just once, hence the need for government to properly disburse it.