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September 21, 2015

Why Osun wage bill rose from N1.7bn to N3.6bn – PDP

Why Osun wage bill rose from N1.7bn to N3.6bn – PDP

Aregbosola

* PDP is mischievous — APC

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Osogbo—Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said the Osun workers wage bill has increased to N3.6 billion in Jan 2015 as against the N1.7 billion in December last year because many fictitious names of Lagos-based supporters of Governor Aregesola were added to genuine workers in the state and have since been receiving salaries.

Aregbosola

Aregbosola

In a press statement issued yesterday in Osogbo by Prince Diran Odeyemi, the party’s Director of Media and Strategy,  said.”

The statement read in part: “Rather than debunk this accusation with rhetorics we challenge the state government to publish unedited the report of the recently concluded screening exercise it conducted.

“We have it on good authority that over N1billion was being paid to many Lagos based individuals who have no job in Osun but added to the list of genuine workers which eventually pushed the wage bill from N1.7 billion to N3.6 billion”

“Now that the wage bill has come down to N2.6 billion monthly, we want to caution governor Aregbesola against introducing schools fees, strange taxes and levies on the people of the state just as we urge him to make public its financial records of allocations, IGR and expenditures if truly his administration is for the people of Osun.

The party said the warning became necessary in view of the “cameo announcement of austerity measures that will come inform of property taxes, increased tenement rates and income tax, TV license all of which were contained in the recommendation of a Lagos.
Osun APC terms PDP mischievous

Meantime, the All Peoples Congress, APC, in Osun state has condemned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for saying that the financial crisis in Osun is as a result of government reckless spending, but it fails to tell us why there was financial crisis in the other states.

“Did the other states, which also owed workers’ salaries, spend recklessly too?
Criticism against Governor Aregbesola borders on hatred of its person, laced with envy over his achievements before the financial crisis set in.

“But above all, PDP appears not to have recovered from the loss it suffered in August 2014, at the governorship election and the pain is reflected in its statements against the person and government of Aregbesola since then and the instrument the party uses for its criticism is pure fabrication and outright lies.’’