Beyond salary and bailout in Osun (Aregbesola is living in denial) – By Mike Ogundele

Osun Labour leader and Government officials Hos, CoS

Those who thought that the salary palaver in Osun and other states owing workers will disappear with the bailout funds should have a rethink because it will not. Workers and pensioners have been restless for the past one week, expecting to be paid the bailout received recently.

The governor, however, has insisted that payment would be made only after the completion of the verification exercise. True, physical verification has ended but the result is still being collated and the report yet to be submitted, which should form the basis of the new wage bill.

I agree with the governor that ghost workers should not receive the jumbo pay. From investigation, it has been found out that the beneficiaries of payroll fraud in cooperation with the opposition PDP have been blackmailing the governor to heat up Osun and incite workers against the governor.

Workers Welcoming back Omoluabi Governor Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left) acknowledging cheers from civil servants at the Secretariat - KABO O, KABO, OMO A BILE SORO KILE LANU, KABO O
Workers Welcoming back Omoluabi Governor Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left) acknowledging cheers from civil servants at the Secretariat – KABO O, KABO, OMO A BILE SORO KILE LANU, KABO O

Secondly, it was the workers themselves who asked for the verification exercise after disputing the N3.6 billion wage bill the government claims it pays every month, it was never the governor’s idea.

A lot of misinformation has been going on and many innocent workers have been deceived. The N34.9billion bailout received from Abuja represents three values. The first is for salaries for February to June 2015, the second is for pensions covering the same period while the third is for the completion of specific projects, ongoing or new. These funds are not transferable. So it is not true that all the N34.9 billion is for paying salaries and pensions arrears.

The question which has engaged the governor and for which he has proposed half salary for senior staff is what happens after June? Given the dwindling oil receipt and N2.3 billion allocation from Abuja for July, what will be the state of Osun’s finances after the deductions for the bailout loan kicks in? It simply means that Osun’s allocation will be less than N1billion. So where do we go from here? Should we eat everything now and go hungry later or spread what we have to last us longer?

While we still debate this, this is the moment of clarity for the governor and I daresay the workers too. The present wage bill of N3.6b is unsustainable; something must give.

The governor must reduce the wages and pensions bill in the state to a maximum of N1.8 billion. The current workforce of 35,000 is too large and unsustainable. There must be a shift in the anti-development thinking that makes people to say that Osun is a civil service state, or the civil service is the only industry in Osun. This type of thinking will lead to nowhere. The civil service is an instrument of service delivery and not an end in itself. On no account must the government spend more than 40 per cent of the state’s resources running government. This takes courage.

If it were in the private sector, the workforce would have been right sized as back as 2013 when allocation fell from N4.6 billion to N2.6 billion and nobody would be accusing the governor of owing workers eight months salary.

The governor keeps giving assurances that he will not lay off workers. This amounts to living in denial. The bottom line is that he must live within his means. Therefore, he must be prepared to right-size and cut down on wages, especially of the top civil servants who gulp most of the wages or continue to pile up debts and crisis. May God give him the courage to do what is needed.

SOURCE: THE NATION

7 thoughts on “Beyond salary and bailout in Osun (Aregbesola is living in denial) – By Mike Ogundele”

  1. That Good in osun but here in Zamfara nothing yet and national labour should act not the state labour for the salary bailout to reach the workers

  2. There is misrepresentation of facts. The bailout monies was specifically meant to defray outstanding salaries nothing more nothing less. That some of the monies will be used to service on going projects is tantamount to colorization of corruption in another name. It was because workers insist on the payment of salaries that the money was delayed. Aregbesola should behave accordingly and release fund to offset the outstanding salaries of both active civil servants and the senior citizens of the state.

    This act of nonpayment of salaries had damaged our education system to a point of no return. Across the spectrum morale of the staffers is at lowest ebb.
    Osun Defender should stop misleading the public about the purpose of the bailout funds that was approved by President Mohammed Buhari when he had Economic parley with state governors on the economic situations of the states.

  3. My governor don’t mind the haters. What kind of education system or building did Ogbeni inherited from PDP . Or maybe we should talk about the crime rate Rauf inherited from Oyinlola PDP chief loser now as undercover in APC for PDP. People of Osun State are not stupid, we want the best for our children and the answer to every problem in our state is to support and work with governor Aregbesola . My children are no longer in private school but now in the public because Rauf appreciate education and value our children. Unlike PDP who only care about power

    1. Buki, may God rule your life the way Aregbesola has ruled Osun state. If you cannot say Amen to that prayer, then it is certain you are a hypocrite.

  4. u people should be ashamed of urself, we cannot be deceived by ur lies again, tell d governor dat whatsoever a man sow he shall reap.

  5. I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNOR LISTEN TO CRITICISMS. WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO ARE REDUCTION TO WORKFORCE AND CREATE TIME CARDS INSTEAD OF SALARIES. HE PAYS BY PEACE MEAL AND SHARING WORK LOAD TO WORKERS AND IT IS HIGH TIME TO TELL UNIONS TO BACK-OFF THESE METHODS. OGBENI NEEDS TO ASK HIMSELF WHAT IS HE DOING WITH 35000 WORKFORCE.FAILURE TO DO SOMETHING OTHERWISE IS WAITING FOR ANOTHER SALARIES PROBLEM

  6. Let it be on record that the bail out fund is basically to pay outstanding arrears of salaries owed. On no account should it be diverted.Funds received over the months from the FG has either been misappropriated or fixed for self gains.let it be said that Osun lacks a good,listen and dynamic administrator at the moment.It is high time people of Osun embraced an administrator with a foresight and not just of hungry,ready to steal and divert funds out there which the state has been faced it over the years of its creation. To before warned, is to before harmed.

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