…commends Aregbesola for transparency.
The Triangular Group of Pensioners in Osun has on Wednesday stated that the group has been vindicated with the recent release of the second tranche of Paris Club loan refunds to states of the federation.
Chairman, Triangular Group of Osun Pensioners, Prince Rotimi Adelugba, in a statement, commended Osun state government for promptly informing the public on the receipt of the second tranche of the Paris club debt refund to the state.
He held that it’s earlier stance that the protest by some few pensioners in the state on the payment of pension arrears with the Paris club refund was another political stunt meant to portray the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as bad in the estimation of the public as the state approached the Osun West Senatorial District Election on July 8 had been justified with the latest development.
The group stated that the best way to push pensioners demand is by dialogue and not through fabricated lies and protests which they assert are being sponsored by the opposition.
Adelugba stressed that group’s defence of the State Government on the receipt of Paris Club Fund as at then, was based on the information at the group’s disposal.
He stated that the Paris club refund, as at then, had not yet being received by the state government.
He said, “We have stated earlier before now that it is inhuman,disheartening and uncivilised to note that despite all efforts put in place and the assurance capable of giving hope to retirees, they embarked on character assassination and lies.
“Is it not now clear to the whole world that the claims by the Omoniyi Ilesanmi led pensioners that the second tranche of the Paris fund have been diverted as at then was untrue, misleading and uncalled for when the fund has not been released.
“We wondered where Mr. Ilesanmi and his people got their own information from if it was not that they were motivated by opposition, not minding the consequences as it is now when it became so clear that there was nothing like the release of the second tranche two months ago as claimed by them.
“The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola had said it severally that the salary and pension arrears would be paid as soon as fund is available.
“Government just demonstrated it’s sincerity to the welfare of people when it announced that it has gotten the second tranche of the refund and we commend Aregbesola for this sincerity.”