‘Osun Labour’s Claim on Govt Income Is Faulty’ •Govt Cautions Labour Leaders Against Misinforming Members

The Osun State government had declared as faulty and lies, the claim by the labour leaders in the state that the regular income of the state stands at N3.9 billion monthly. The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere and his Special Duties Counterpart, Barrister Ajibola Bashiru made the declaration in Osogbo, the…”
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September 5, 2011 4:08 pm

The Osun State government had declared as faulty and lies, the claim by the labour leaders in the state that the regular income of the state stands at N3.9 billion monthly.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere and his Special Duties Counterpart, Barrister Ajibola Bashiru made the declaration in Osogbo, the state capital last Thursday, at a press parley, called at the instance of the Commissioner for Environment, Professor (Mrs.) MonisolaOyawoye, saying that the labour leaders were only misinforming their members and the public.

Akere said that the labour knew that the position of the government on its financial capacity was the truth, noting that, what the labour leaders were quoting was the combination of the statutory allocation, the Value Added Tax (VAT), the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and the Excess Crude Oil (ECO) Funds being saved by the government for the development of the state.

He stated that at every meeting they held with the labour leaders, traditional rulers and religious leaders, the government had made the documents concerning the statement of finances of the state accessible to workers, without any of the labour leaders presenting contradictory facts, adding that “the workers know that this is the first time labour will be negotiating with the government and they have access to all government’s income.

“By the demand of the labour leaders, which they say is N1.8m, they never mention the other commitment of the state government like pension, gratuity, debt servicing, OYES stipends and running cost among others. If we add all these expenses together with their demands, it will give N3,173,000,000 and this is far more than what comes to the coffers of the state government.

“They have forgotten that as a government, we are not responsible to workers alone, we must also be responsible for the development of millions of Osun people. Osun government is not fighting the workers and we had made it clear severally, but we would never deny the public what is supposed to be given to them because we want to satisfy the workers.

“This government had been protecting the interest of workers and nobody asked Governor Rauf Aregbesola when he paid the 13th month salaries for workers last year. The car loan per beneficiary before we came on board was N250,000, but it had been increased to N750,000; the housing loan, which used to be N300,000, had been increased to N800,000 and these are things we had been doing without anybody prompting the state government.

“We don’t want to believe that there are some people that are using the workers and that is why we had been appealing to them to come back to work, because, even the Federal Government that initiated the N18,000 minimum wage, only paid  levels 1 to 6, while level 7 to 17 benefitted only N900 increment. The workers know this and they have the table”, Akere stated.

Bashiru, also stated that the argument of workers that the income of the state monthly was N3.8 billion was new and faulty, noting that “we had met with the labour leaders on several occasions and none of them had challenged the figures presented by the government. So that figure of N3.8 billion by the state labour leaders is faulty.

“Aside that, in this year’s budget, we had budgeted for more than N80billion and let us now assume that the figure of N3.8billion by the workers is correct, and they are asking for N3.173billion, including gratuity and pensions, it means that, after paying the workers, we will have about N600 million left every month for the state to deliver. If you multiply this amount by 12, it means that the state,which the workers are supposed to be servicing, is now suffering”, he noted.

He attributed the basis for the demand of workers to their discovery that the present administration had been able to make sacrifice and saved some money, which is now in excess of N8 billion since it came on board, insisting that since the money is not regular, “we will not as a serious government say that we will use that money to pay for the unusual demands of the workers”.

The commissioner then appealed to workers to consider the interest of the state and return to work, with a view to be partners in the new deal by Aregbesola to take Osun to its vantage position in the comity of nations.

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ENOUGH BS FROM THESE POLITICAL UNION LEADERS SACK THEM ALL NOW!!!

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    Then get set to fill the vacancy with ur father, grandfather & great grand father if they are alive. MADMANNNNNN.

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Rafiu Sanusi

There is no bojuboju about it. What Osun State Government takes IS a Public Document. It was about N5b monthly from January to June 2011 (for both the states and Local government). In July Osun State took about N12b (state and local governments) as a result of special releases from Excess Crude.
I have included the Local government because of the way all state governors have been running local government finances.
The question to be asked is: If the statistics being claimed by the administration of Aregbesola were true, How was the PDP government which we even consider a useless government able to pay workers salaries and still fund tertiary institutions including the Osun State University which is now comatose under Aregbesola.
The truth is that our jubilations and dancing have become ashes the way the state is being run under Aregbe sola. it is same of the same with the useless Peoples Destruction Party (PDP) of Oyinlola. It is even now worse.

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the question is where is aregbesola? they told u he was at lesser hajj. is the hajj not over yet? the truth is aregbesola is a sick man and this state is being run by lesser idiots like him. i am happy cos i did not vote for any ACN candidates cos i will be ashamed of myself now.

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Olatunde Okedara

So all the revenue of Osun State should go into the payment of civil servants salary? What of the development of the state. Labour should be reasonable in their demand if the want the state to grow and progress via development.

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OLADIMEJI ISMAIL

AREGBESOLA,UR POPULARITY IS GRADUALLY DYING DOWN.IF RAUF KEEP RUNNING GOVT.LIKE DIS,THEN HE IS DOOM TO FAIL.MANY PEOPLE HAVE XPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT IN UR STYLE OF GOVT.PRESENTLY NOTHING IS WORKING IN D STATE.4ROM HEALTH SECTOR 2 OTHER INFRASTRUCTURES IN D STATE,ALL IS IN STATE OF SHAMBLES OR SHAM.I ALWAYS BE AREGBE’S SUPPORTER BCOS I BLV IN HIS IDEOLOGY BUT I CAN’T AFFORD TO BE ECONOMICAL WIT D TRUTH.IF OGBENI IS NOT MEDICALLY OKAY AS BEING SPECULATED BY AGENTS OF DESTRUCTION(PDP), THEN HE SHOULD JUST HAND OVER TO D DEPUTY WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVE SINCE ALL DIS WHILE AND WHO HAS NEVER EMBARKED ON USELESS AND UNFRUITFUL JOURNEY.

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The return of bisi akande!!! Aregbesola!!!

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aregbesola is in saudi arabia seeking treatment. the man is sick and the ACN are covering him up. he doesnt know anything about the affair of he state and all his advisers are trying to use ogboju to waylay innocent workers. people of osun, tomorrow wednesday, go to the government office and demand to see ur governor face to face. have u guys notice that for the past few months he always send people to where he suppose to go. sending his deputy to hold meeting with bishops, alfas, kings with union leaders instead of him at the meeting, sending his deputy to hold meeting with ajimobi, governor of oyo state. at the end of the day, the press secretary will say he has something important to do. what is more important than the affair of your state?. last month they said he was at the lesser hajj, the fact is he was at Medina before the beginning of lesser hajj and he is still there cos he is sick. king Fahd hospital in Medina is known for treating important people with deadly diseases. that is why ajimobi was with him in other to connect with the mayor of medina as we can see from the picture the stupid newspaper posted few weeks back. ajimobi is back from medina, the question is what is aregbesola still doing there? ACN think they are better than other party but the fact is they are group of 419 and thieves. see what happen to lagos state speaker? a prominent 419 in USA with two convictions. tell me who is fooling who. aregbesola is a liar, a thief and a sick bastard and god will punish from earth to hell for deceiving the people of the state of the living spring. AREGBESOLA MUST GO!!!

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    abdul.ifelodun local govt

    @seeni you must fighting a spiritual problem. Who told you aregbe is sick,don’t confuse your self if you have some thing to collect from aregbe or his team go to his office and collect your pocket money.somebody like you should be sent to a battle field to see our difficult a battle is won. You know nothing about governace,stop embarassing your self,people will see you has a fool. even if you have to suggest for a progressive team be constructive and precise not rubbish you sit down to write..

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sincerely, comments on osun defender are the funniest things i read on the net, from people like seeni saying funny things to abdul being zealous for his governor. anyway, at least the news and comment have one impact even though it seem like a pro-govt media outfit.

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i think i will imployed the workers to stop this strike and let’s consider the economy of this state. Remember osun state is ours we have no other place to go… Stop saying insultive words to the governor. Remember you are not disgracing Him but the entire citizen of this state.

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