- Flags off 2,000 Units Housing for Civil Servants
Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has declared that categories of workers in the state who are on modulated salaries would soon begin to earn full payment.
He stated this on Tuesday while addressing workers during the Official Flag-Off Ceremony of 2000 Units Affordable Houses for Civil Servants at the Nigeria Civil Service Union Housing Estate located adjacent Samya Yard, along Osogbo/Ikirun.
While commending workers in the state for their patience and perseverance, Aregbesola stated that the present administration has always cared about the welfare of its workers despite the harsh economic conditions.
He explained that the administration within its first year increased the amount due to workers as housing loan from the paltry N100,000 to between a minimum of N200,000 and maximum N750,000 without any pressure to do so.
The governor explained that the administration had a choice to retrench but chose not to and instead decided to share what was available for everybody which brought about the issue of modulated salaries in the first instance.
Aregbesola stated that the sacrifices government and workers have made had paid off because there is no part of the state that has not experienced a touch of improvement in the past eight years.
According to Aregbesola, “I am happy to say with pride that as difficult as things are in our state, our government has always displayed a high sense of commitment and passion to the welfare of workers in the state.
“I will like to assure those categories of workers whose salaries are modulated that negotiations are on with labour leaders to ensure that full salaries are paid very soon.
“I thank you for your patience and sacrifices and to let you know that the sacrifices have paid off, there is no part of this state that has not experienced a touch of development in the past eight years. Government is not about a set of people but about everybody and I am happy that every resident of this state has been touched by our government”.
Speaking on the housing estate, the state helmsman charged the handlers of the project to ensure that the estate is developed to international standards, just as he promised government’s support.
He said efforts must be made to ensure that a slum is not created out of the project, stressing that it must be developed into a place, perfect for human habitation and development.
In his address, the national president of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, Comrade Lawrence Amaechi explained that getting a befitting home has always been a challenge for many workers even after making so much sacrifice to achieve the feat.
He said the NCSU decided to embark on the project in a bid to assist workers have their own homes easily, noting that the project will have all the facilities that will make life comfortable for them at the estate, while thanking the administration of Aregbesola for always standing by workers.
Head of Service, Mr Olowogboyega Oyebade while thanking the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola for always taking interest in the welfare of workers explained that the housing estate will go a long way to easing the challenges of workers in Osun.