In line with its promise to pay priority attention to the welfare of workers in its employment, the Osun State government under the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has paid 13th month salaries to all the civil servants in the state.
In a statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said that he would allow nothing to stop him from fulfilling his promises to improve the welfare of the workers and the entire people of the state.
According to the statement, the government has paid the 13th month salary inspite of the fact that November allocation has not been received from the federation account, saying that the government has been gradually achieving its target to commit the allocation from federation account to development projects alone.
“The payment of the 13th month salary comes up inspite of the fact that the state has not received its November allocation from the Federation Account, giving a clear indication of the readiness of the state to ensure that nothing disrupts its welfarist programmes for the workers and the entire people of the state”.
It would be recalled that the governor, shortly after his enthronement as the governor of the state in 2010 ordered that the 13th month salaries be paid to all the workers in the state civil service, making the administration the first to do so in the history of the state.
The governor has also directed that the salaries of all categories of workers in the state civil service must be paid on or before 26th of every month, with a view to encouraging the workers and ensuring their commitment, as well as making the problems they had been facing on the payment of their salaries a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, the state government has also paid the December salaries for all the workers in the state in line with the directive that they must be paid their salaries before the Christmas festivities.
The statement however noted that the present administration would not relent in its effort to make life comfortable to the people and turn around the economy of the state by encouraging them to be more productive and make them wealthy through their hand works.
Aregbesola had assured the people that despite the shoddy manners in which the finances of the state was handled by the ousted administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his administration was determined to return the financial and economy prosperity of the state.
The statement then called on the people of the state not to waver from the support they have been giving to the government with a view to ensuring that it met its desired goals of improving the lots of the people.