had appealed to striking workers to allow reason to prevail in the current industrial action embarked upon by the workers in the state.
The chairman said if the workers would be sincere in their agitations, the strike action was unnecessary, considering the explanation offered by the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, while negotiating with labour leaders.
Arabanbi disclosed this in Osogbo while speaking with OSUN DEFENDER on the ongoing workers’ industrial action in the state.
He said it would be in the best interest of the state to accept the proposal on the minimum wage implementation offered by the state government, arguing that the Federal Government, who introduced the wages had not even implemented it, considering the financial implication.
Arabanbi said “honestly speaking, in my opinion, the strike is uncalled-for, premature and ill-motivated. It has a political undertone. I am aware that the governor called the labour leaders to a meeting and addressed them to see reason why we must manage the little resources we have. We don’t have oil in Osun and the issue of federal allocation is an open thing.”
“At least the state monthly allocation is published for all to see. If you check the table, you will discover that Osun is among the poorest, receiving N1. 8 billion as monthly allocation and our Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) stands at N300 million, totaling N2.1 billion. The funding of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho is there. We pay the workers’ salaries every six months.”
The council boss further explained that the full implementation of the new minimum wage will cost the government N1.9 billion, while the monthly payment of pension for retirees, and the N300 million to re-service the loan inherited from the last administration on monthly basis are still there.
“The state expenditures are just too much of a burden. For instance, this time last year, all of us know all the valuable properties and lives we lost to flooding and we all witnessed what the governor had done to prevent it this year. All these consumed the state recourses.”
“I am also urging them to listen to the appeal from party leaders, House of Assembly members, because if we are clamouring for development, it must be our joint effort. This state project is for everybody and no-right thinking human being will expect a reasonable government to use all its available resources to pay the workers”.
“We shall continue appealing to them and I am urging members of the public to join us in the appeal to resume work in the general interest of the state,” the chairman said.