November 9, 2015

PDP accuses Aregbesola of withholding bailout funds

PDP accuses Aregbesola of withholding bailout funds


By Gbenga Olarinoye

OSOGBO—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of inflicting hardship on the people of the state, especially civil servants, by withholding the bailout funds rather than using it to pay salaries.

Rauf Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola

The party, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi in Osogbo yesterday, said the piecemeal mode adopted by state government in paying salaries was a further confirmation that the money had been fixed.

It added that workers in the state were last paid half of their July salaries, with all allowances being hitherto enjoyed by them removed, stressing that the retirees were also being treated in same manner, with many of them still being owed up to six months despite release of bailout funds to the state in August.

‘PDP seeking relevance’

However, the consultant on information to the state government, Mr. Sunday Akere, debunked PDP claims.

He said: “PDP wants to use our reaction to gain relevance. I am sure they have a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, the state government signed with the workers.

“The bailout covered to June and we have paid June salaries, we have paid July and August.

“We signed an MoU with the workers and we have kept to the terms of the document religiously.”