Aregbesola ‘ll Pay Outstanding Salaries, Pensions – Sunmonu

Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, the pioneer president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has stated that the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola would pay all outstanding salaries and pensions owed workers and pensioners by April, 2018.

Sunmonu said this as a discussant at the En-Route Rauf series II event with the theme, “Governance Delivered”, an event organised by the Oranmiyan group in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of Governor Aregbesola in office.

Sunmonu who had been mediating between the government and workers since the state had been unable to pay workers and pensioners their full salary assured pensioners and workers in the state that the Governor would pay all their outstanding salary arrears and pensions by April next year.

The former NLC boss however, urged the workers to pray God make it easy and to prevail on those eligible to pay tax to do so.

According to him, “When there was money, the State Governor paid even 13th month out of state money, it wasn’t negotiated by anybody, the Governor just felt it was right.

“It was when money stopped coming from the Federal Government the Governor had to pay the half salaries of some levels but be rest assured that he will pay the outstanding salaries and pensions by April 2018.
“Let’s pray God make it easy and pay our taxes. By April 2018, the State Government will not owe anybody again.”

Some Pensioners Are Being Used By Opposition – Comrade Sunmonu

By Murtala Agboola

Veteran labour Leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, who is the Chairman of Osun Fund Allocation Committee has alluded to fact that some pensioners in the state were being used by the opposition to deliberately counter the state government on the distribution of revenue for payment of salaries, pensions and allowances.

He spoke on Wednesday, during a current affairs programme on the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC), ‘The Nation Today’.

He said the disbursement process is transparent enough, as representatives of all the stakeholders involved, including pensioners have always been part of the monthly distribution of government revenue.

According to him, the establishment of his committee by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration became inevitable when the revenue accruing to the government plummeted as a result of the fall in the price of crude oil.

The job of the committee essentially, he said is to look into how much revenue is due to the government at the end of the month from all sources, saying that sometimes, there is negative revenue from the federal level.

He noted that the committee has representatives from government side, headed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Gboyega Oyetola and representatives of labour unions, including the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), initially represented by one Dr. Oginni.

He said that the committee on monthly basis decides the disbursement of the revenue except that of the legislature and the judiciary which are independent organs of the government.

According to him, in the course of the committee’s assignment, the workers were called uponto make sacrifices in terms of having to forgo part of their salary until the economic situation improves, saying, this gave birth to the Modulated Salary Arrangment.

The Modulated Salary, he said, is that level 1-7 have full salary because they are the most vulnerable, while officer on level 8-10 take 75 per cent, while those on level 12 and above take 50 per cent of their salary.

Comrade Sunmonu said some other states that lacked the initiative of Osun State has been coming around to take cue from the state.

The former chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said, he took up the appointment in the interest of the state and not for personal aggrandizement, saying, when the idea to lead the committee was advanced to him, many people including his family said he should not accept the offer because the government adopts use and dump strategy.

According to him, he however elected to serve in the committee because of his experience as a former labour leader and in the overall interest of the state.

Osun Government Will Pay Outstanding Salaries – Comrade Sunmonu

By Israel Afolabi

The assurance that the government of the State of Osun was committed to the payment of the outstanding parts of workers salaries was re-echoed last week, as the Chairman of the Fund Allocation Committee, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu assured that the government would pay their outstanding salaries.

The Fund Allocation Committee, was set up by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state, comprises of Labour leaders, government representatives and other stakeholders to allocate the government available fund to the payment of salaries, pension, allowances and other obligations.

Comrade Sunmonu who gave this assurance recently while appearing on the OSBC Television current affairs Yoruba programme, Kabenko commended the state government for using the funds available judiciously to take care of workers welfare and enumerations.

The labour leaders who commended the state government for the transparency brought into the system said, “there is no hidden agenda in government negotiation, if the money is available we are ready to pay all”.

Osun Government Will Pay Outstanding Salaries – Comrade Sunmonu

By Israel Afolabi

The assurance that the government of the State of Osun was committed to the payment of the outstanding parts of workers salaries was re-echoed last week, as the Chairman of the Fund Allocation Committee, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu assured that the government would pay their outstanding salaries.

The Fund Allocation Committee, was set up by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state, comprises of Labour leaders, government representatives and other stakeholders to allocate the government available fund to the payment of salaries, pension, allowances and other obligations.

Comrade Sunmonu who gave this assurance recently while appearing on the OSBC Television current affairs Yoruba programme, Kabenko commended the state government for using the funds available judiciously to take care of workers welfare and enumerations.

The labour leaders who commended the state government for the transparency brought into the system said, “there is no hidden agenda in government negotiation, if the money is available we are ready to pay all”.

Paris Refunds: Osun Workers, Pensioners Receive N5.1bn

By Ismaeel Uthman and Damilola Ojenike

Workers in the State of Osun have been acknowledging the payment of their July
2017 salary, arrears and leave bonus, while the pensioners in the state have also confirmed the receipt of their pension for last months.

The workers who spoke differently with OSUN DEFENDER on Wednesday stated that the July salary was paid on Monday, while some claimed that they received the alert from their banks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to some of the workers, the state government paid the arrears of July and August 2015 salary last week, while the balance of leave bonus of 2015 was also paid.

Findings revealed that only workers on levels 8 and above received the arrears, because they are the only set of workers being paid modulated salary.

It was gathered that the 2015 leave bonus balance was received by only the workers whose date of birth or employment date fall between July and December.

The state government had paid the leave bonus till June 2015 before the financial challenges that faced the state.

Confirming the payment, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa revealed that the sum of N5, 131,680,567.59 was expended on full salaries and pensions up till July 2017 for Level 1 to 7 Staff being the most vulnerable, balance of full salaries for the remaining Staff up till August 2015, and balance of 2015 leave bonus.

It would be recalled that the state government had, in agreement with labour unions in the state agreed to use the second tranche of the Paris Club Loan Refunds for the payment of salaries and pensions.

While giving a detailed analysis of the payments, Mr. Baderinwa said workers from Levels 1-7 which constitute majority of the state’s workforce were never owed in the state. He said they have always received their full salaries contrary to popular opinion.

“Workers in level 1-7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the state civil service, have received their full salaries and entitlement up to July 2017. Likewise, workers in grade level 8-10 showed understanding with the government to accept 75 per cent of their salaries and full leave bonus.

“It is only workers in grade level 12-17 that receive 50 per cent of salaries and full leave bonus, and so far, they have also showed maturity and understanding with the state government. The same formula applies with our pensioners,” Baderinwa stated.

The commissioner also revealed that the payment formula was jointly agreed on with Labour-led Revenue Apportionment Committee which consist of all the labour union leaders and representative of government chaired by veteran Labour Leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu.

“The Apportionment Committee reviews in transparent manner, all revenues of Government and agrees on how these are apportioned to pay salaries and pensions, a model unprecedented for Governments in Nigeria”, he said.

It would be recalled that in December 2016, the state government received N11,744,237,793.56 as the first tranche of the Paris Refund, but paid out a N13,645,546,673.04 to clear salaries, leave bonuses and pension arrears of four months.

The sum was paid after the government had augmented the first tranche of the refund with N1.9bn to augment salary payment to local government workers.

The Accountant-General had sometimes explained “the sum of N8,519,437.233.43 was paid out as salaries for September, October, November and December 2016. Similarly, the sum of N924,676,305.24 was paid out as leave bonuses for the four months, while the sum of N2,496,605,100.64 was paid as pensions for the same period.”

Explaining how the state spent above the N11.74bn received as Paris Club Refund, he noted that the sum of N1,704,828,033.73 was transferred to the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for the payment of salaries at that level.

How Osun Spent 2nd Tranche Of Paris Refund

By Ishola ‘Layinka
The State Government of Osun has released figures explaining in details how it disbursed the N6.314b received from the Federal Government as the second tranche of the Paris Club Refund given to states in the federation.
In an infograph released by the government, the state paid out N5,998,493,302.05 out as salaries, pensions, leave bonuses and other emoluments to its workforce above recommended figures by labour unions in the state. Recall the state through a Revenue Apportionment Committee headed by Comrade Hassan Sunmonu regularly meet with the unions to apportion revenue in the state.
Giving the breakdown, N503,908,457.4 was paid as Leave Bonuses to Civil Servants, N3,768,669,258 was used to pay workers’ salaries as well as clear July and August half-salary arrears of 2015 owed senior cadre of workers in the state.
The State Government of Osun in the infograph said N934,841,306 was used to pay Local Government Workers as a total sum of N791,074,280.8 went to the pockets of the pensioners that retired from the civil service.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2016, approved the partial refund of long standing claims by state governments in respect of over-deductions from their Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, for external debt service between 1995 and 2002.
The debt service deductions were in respect of the Paris Club, London Club and Multilateral debts of the Federal and State governments, which Nigeria reached a final agreement for debt relief with the Paris Club in October 2005.
Since the first tranche of the refund was released in November 2016, Osun specifically disbursed the payment by using all the refund to settled workers arrears in the state.
Although, the disbursements were premised on the condition that a minimum of 50 per cent would be applied for the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions but Osun raised the ceiling to more than
.80 per cent.
The government however expressed its determination to fulfill all its financial obligations as soon as the state’s economy improves.