(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Strike: Osun Workers And Their Commendable Magnanimity

The State of Osun workers’ bodies and their resolution to suspend the strike they recently embarked on is worthy of commendation as it portrays how wonderful, patriotic, dutiful, and sensitive they are. The horrors of the strike would have negatively affected the youthful infrastructure, welfarism, meaningful revolution currently going on in the state.

The cynical dreams and hopes of mediocres were dashed as their expectations that the strike would collapse the Rauf administration’s green revolution and last for at least the next eleven (11) months crushed the crushers.

When late Chief Obafemi Awolowo ruggedly carried out similar socio-economic liberation in the old Western Region, he did not carry the windfalls to Ikenne or to his family backyard.

When Chief Bisi Akande blessed the Osun State with state-of-heart edifice Secretariat at Abere, he did not carry the outputs and the blessings to Ila-Orangun or to his family house.

Today, the two are legends of rare humanity and breeds both in Nigeria and Africa.

Therefore, we need to appreciate the courage of this Ijesa-born and welfarism infrastructural revolutionist for his sterling leadership quality, his strength and ability to turn Osun from crawling state to a flying and blossoming economy; hardly experienced in any state of the federation.

We members of “KOLAPO AGBELE TRUST FUND FOUNDATION (KATRUF)” a newly formed NGO from Atakunmosa West Local Government hereby epitomised the level of understanding of these entire patriotic workers, their sterling leadership bodies that suspended the strike at this stage and time Nigeria is passing through the cloud of dust.

There can be no development without sacrifices and pains. All we need rest on patience, cooperation, courage and endurance to cross the shaky bridge of doom. There is a step further, which is their endurance till the very end.

The current level of growth and development in Osun is far beyond the intelligent scope of power hustlers and mediocres.

And the kind of journey in Osun is not globally new for advanced countries like Japan, South Korea, India etc. that had passed through similar problems in their unending ventures to become a globally admired state today.

We need to give Ogbeni wholesome gratitude which is the best attitude for his sterling performance instead of abuses by the cynical critiques that are not potentially gifted to build but are only blessed to destroy.

Let us join hands to build a “New State of Osun,” where exists beautiful hope for future leaders, generation to generation.

The state government should please abide by the agreement reached with union leaders without any minus.

It is the rightful steps to usher in hope, peace, sanity and continuous progress in the New Year 2018.

No Strike In Osun Tomorrow – Osun Labour Leaders Tell Workers

Labour leaders in the State of Osun have dismissed the rumour being circulated on social media that workers in the state have gone back on strike because of the non fulfillment of the agreement reached by the labour unions and the government.

The labour leaders described the report as untrue and uncalled for, calling on the workers to resume their duties tomorrow, January 8.

A press statement signed by the Chairmen of Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) Comrades Bayo Adejumo, Jacob Adekomi and Adebowale Adekola, implored the workers to disregard the false information.




Attention of the labour leaders in Osun state has been drawn to a mischievous rumour and post trending on social media that Osun workers should stay away from work from Mon 8/01/18 to commence another strike. It’s a false and mischievous information.

All workers should resume at their respective duty post and perform their lawful duties.

The signed MOU between the workers and the government of Osun state on Saturday 23/12/2017 to end the last strike still subsist and we have the assurances of full implementation of the MOU.

The implementation of full payment for December 2017 salary that is yet to translate to cash in the pockets of workers is not as a breach of the MOU but logistics problems which all concerned are doing the best to ensure speedy process.

To this end we implore all workers of Osun state government (state and local government) to

DISREGARD THE RUMOUR OF STRIKE and go to their respective duty post on Monday while waiting for their salary alert.



Comrade Bayo Adejumo, Chairman JNC. Comrade Jacob Adekomi, Chairman NLC. Comrade Adebowale Adekola, Chairman TUC

PHOTONEWS: Osun Workers, Government Sign MOU To Call Off Strike

Workers in the State of Osun on Saturday evening signed a memorandum of understanding with the State Government of Osun on the suspension of its three day old strike.

The agreement was signed by Comrade Jacob Adekomi, the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Bayo Adejumo, Joint Negotiating Council Chairman while the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the Head of Service, Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega signed on behalf of government.

Here are photos from the signing and the memorandum of understanding.

Trending: Osun Workers Suspend Strike (Photos)

By Sodiq Yusuf

Labour unions under the employ of the State Government of Osun have suspended their industrial action which began last Wednesday.

The Labour leaders announced the suspension of the strike few minutes ago after several meetings with government officials.

According to the memorandum of understanding signed by both parties, the labour leaders and government have entered into agreement on some of the demands of the workers.

The agreement cuts across issues of Modulated Salary, Promotion, Pensions, Conversion of Appointments among others.

With the agreement, workers in the state are to resume work on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

See photos of the agreement below:

Just In: Osun Govt, Labour Leaders Hold Fruitful Talks, Negotiations Continue Tomorrow

By Sodiq Yusuf

The Industrial Dispute between workers in the employ of the State Government of Osun and the present administration in the state might be called off soon.

A release at the end of the meeting of the State Joint Negotiating Council with the Osun Government Apportionment Committee led by foremost labour leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu on Friday evening by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa says today’s deliberations were fruitful as negotiations continue tomorrow.

Baderinwa who said government appreciates efforts of both parties towards resolving their differences as the outcome of today’s meeting with the striking workers gave strong indications that the 2 days strike may end soon.

Other government functionaries at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji among others including the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Jacob Adekomi alongside members of his Executives.

Read the full statement below:

Osun Govt, Labour Leaders’ Meeting Fruitful, Continues Tomorrow

Today’s meeting between Government of the State of Osun and labour leaders on the industrial action in the state was fruitful to the extent that there is tremendous progress in the negotiation.

The meeting continues tomorrow.

The government commends workers for their understanding, perseverance and support.

Adelani Baderinwa
Commissioner for Information and Strategy
State of Osun

Strike: Group Implores Osun Workers To Open Dialogue With Government

By Nofisat Adeoye

The Community Development Council, State of Osun Chapter, O’CDC, has implored striking Civil servants in the state to sheathe their sword on the ongoing industrial strike action and be ready to shift grounds with the Government.

The Council’s Assistant Secretary, Amosun Ismaila, said this while addressing journalists in Osogbo, the State capital on Thursday. 

Ismaila who spoke on behalf of the State Chairman, Alhaji Yisa Abubakar, also urged the representatives of the Labour Unions and representatives of the State Government to come together in one accord to lift the State up. 

“The Community Development Council of the State of Osun which is a community organization poised at harnessing resources to revamp and develop the state therefore appeal to the workers unions to be more patient, as they are the engine room of the government that will ensure the continuation of the developmental programmes and projects of the government in the state.

“As a matter of fact, strike is a legitimate means for workers to press home their demands. It is a real fact that the state government and other stakeholders have been trying in resolving the issue.

“Workers should be persuaded by the fact that the political office holders in the state are also being paid 50 percent of their total pay due to economic crisis. 

“We equally realized the yearnings of our teeming workers in the state on the issue of promotion of its members which of course regarded as statutory obligations of the government to fulfilled but we are of the opinion that government know this and must adequately attend to it as a matter of urgency but we should all resolve to sit on a round table for a thorough discussion.

“We believe Mr. Governor understood the plights of the workers and has given his words as regards this, that there will be a great improvement the moment we have a good turn around about our economy both at the State and Local level. 

“We must remind our dear workers that the Government as we all know has genuine commitment to settle all outstanding salary liabilities as soon as the economy improves in the New Year.” Ismaila explained. 

Lamenting the effect the strike would have on community development, Ismaila appealed to the workers to be a little more patient with the State  Government. 

The Council however, also urged the State Government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to address the demands of the workers as soon as possible in the best interest of the State and its citizens. 

Strike: Osun Govt Pleads With Workers, Urge Them To Remain Patient With Government

Government of the State of Osun has again reemphasized the need for workers in the employ of the state to persevere more with it and settle amicably in the most liberal terms issues which led to the ongoing industrial dispute between the two.

According to the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the strike is a legitimate means by workers to press home their demands as favourable mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that the striking workers resume in no distant time.

Read excerpts from Baderinwa’s Interviews today:

“Strike is a legitimate means for workers to press home their demands. We have had series of discussions on how to avert the strike. I will like to state that far reaching decisions have been taken but it is yet to transform into absolute agreement; that is why the strike is taken place today. I am very confident that the strike may not go beyond today.”

“The discussions and decisions are based on logic and analyzing issues and pointing out fundamentals within the issues involved to each other, and the need to let each other realize why it should be in their (workers) own way and the government felt it should be seen in its own perspective. Basically, those are the issues in context in all the engagement. And may I add that men of noble character, citizens of the state are getting involved and are engaging the labour too, trying to make them see reasons why the industrial dispute should resolved in the interest of the state and the people in general.”

“The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has always been very clear about his tendencies on the welfare of the workers, and this he has been doing since he came on board in 2010. What the workers did not ask, the governor had given them when the going was good; when government had resources.

“Unfortunately, some vandals who found themselves at the helms of affairs in the Federal Government ran the country into economic recession. And therefore, things became difficult financially for the government of the state of Osun, and that is the reason quite a number of ingenious things had to be done, including putting modulated salary in place so that workers and pensioners would go home with something at the end of the month. That is the essence of modulated salary: everybody that worked and working for the state would go home with money every month.

“Since the agreement was reached, the government has been struggling to pay the agreed amount every month with the fact that the workers being owed 50 per cent and 25 per cent would be paid back later. The government has demonstrated that when the Paris Club refund came sometime ago with the payment of July and August 2015 arrears. Government is determined to ensure that there is payment of whatever arrears being owed in respect of level 8-12 workers who are being owed 25 per cent and level 13 and above who are being owed 50 per cent when the finances of the state get better. Level 1-7 which constitute 72 per cent of the workforce of the state are not owed anything. It is just the 28 per cent that the government owes 25 and 50 per cent arrears. And the government is committed to pay it back. As I speak with you, what is outstanding in terms of modulated salary payment is that of December 2017 salary.”

“For the promotion matter, I remember that the governor had explained in a meeting held with labour leaders some days ago that it does not make sense to do promotion for workers without backing it up with money, and the governor pleaded with them that he is very sure that the end is near for the financial crisis and there is light at the end if the tunnel and that very soon, we will begin to smile again. I must add that the governor’s statement is not unfounded because there has been a gradual rise in the cost of crude oil in the international market which if it continues like that, it will assure more money into the purse of the federal government and indeed the state government. Therefore, there is likelihood we return to good old days where workers do not need to ask for anything before the government of Aregbesola does it for them.”

The Dawn Is Almost Here By Rauf Aregbesola

By Rauf Aregbesola

It occurred to me in Ilesa during the turning of the sod of Ilesa water project on Monday December 18, 2017, that after I had prayed in the Islamic way to also pray with my favourite Bible verses. This is Psalm 24. I am particular about verses 7-10 which say: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

The year is coming to an end and we must salute you for your perseverance, patience, sacrifice, dedication and labour of love. There is no better time to acknowledge and tell you this than now. You have done well so far. What is left is just to thank you, particularly the 28 per cent of you who have endured modulated salaries. These are the 20 per cent who earn 75 per cent of their monthly pay and the eight per cent who collect 50 per cent of their salary. The remaining 72 per cent, as you all know, have been earning their full pay and are not being owed any outstanding salaries, irrespective of the spin being given to this by our traducers. Even at that, we must thank everyone for the sacrifice you have all made in other areas. This is because your relationship as workers is contractual and I want to assure you that everyone will get his or her full pay when this is over.

We are unfortunate to be in this situation because we are in strange and difficult times. Most of you do not know that what we are in today is the equivalent of a state of war. In a state of war, beyond the destruction of lives and property, there is also shortage of resources to live on. If you remove the destruction and physical devastations, the acute financial constraint is the equivalent of a war condition. We are therefore in an economic war situation.

Interestingly, I never shied from telling anyone this. As far back as February 14, 2014, I told the world that we were in economic war situation. This was reported by The Vanguard newspaper on the front page. Nobody even remembered that I said this then. Even at that, I was struggling to pay salaries then. But before then, in 2011, when salaries was being increased, I had warned that it would be unsustainable. Nobody knew then that there would be theft of over 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day for 24 months or the glutting of the international oil market that would later crash oil price and cut Nigeria’s revenue by more than 60 per cent.

Notwithstanding what we are going through now, as painful as it is, the reality is that it is impossible to do beyond what we are doing. If anyone is in doubt, consider these figures.

From July 2015 – when we started paying modulated salaries, our income from all sources, including gross allocation from the federation account, internally generated revenue and two tranches of Paris Club Refund – to November 2017, is N121.6 billion. Meanwhile, our total personnel cost (excluding gratuities) within the same period would have been N104.4 billion if we had paid the full salaries of N3.6 billion every month. Our personnel cost therefore is 85.8 per cent of our total revenues from all sources. 

However, this is an academic exercise because before the allocations get to us, some deductions would have been made on commitments already made since as far back as the 1970s, up till now; and we are also paying modulated salaries.

The reality, however, is that our net income is N61.7 billion while our real total personnel cost is N63.98 billion. This stands at 103.6 per cent of our total net revenue. I obtained these figures from the Accountant General of the State and you can individually verify them in his office. The implication of this grim statistics is that we have spent more on salaries and emoluments than our revenues from all sources. 

The question to ask then is how have I been able to pay salaries and other emoluments more than the government has received? If you want to be fair to me, that is the question to ask. It has been very difficult, yet we keep begging and appealing.

Beyond paying government workers, we still have a government to run and a popular mandate of good and progressive governance to meet. We made campaign promises and we must also deliver on them.

We know some of our opponents and traducers are hiding behind the salary issue and have been instigating the workers against us. But again, what more can we ask from a government that, without prompting, between December 2010 to December 2013 paid workers 13th month bonus salaries; which restructured leave bonus to be paid on a worker’s birthday or service engagement date; which without prompting quadrupled and gave car and housing allowances to workers? How could we in all honesty categorise such government as being insensitive and anti-worker?

It should go without saying that if we have the resources, we will provide flying cars for the workers. We will put our lives on the line to achieve that. Nobody should therefore fail to understand the circumstance that prompted us to pay modulated salaries to 28 per cent of our workforce.

When this problem began, we had to keep taking loans, up to N25 billion, in order to pay salaries. But we must face reality; we cannot continue to give what we don’t have. I have extrapolated from the statistics I gave you earlier, that should we even want to give workers everything we have, it is still not adequate.

Yet we must do other things. These figures show we are in a quandary. It is beyond the sentimental and emotional. The truth is: our state requires an extraordinary push to overcome the financial challenges we face currently. The infrastructure we are putting in place is part of this extraordinary push. The roads, for instance, are to open up the state for business and wealth creation. The schools are to provide the infrastructure of the mind needed for development. The social protection programmes we put in place are to lift the vulnerable portion of our population and prevent tension and crime.

None of the roads leads to my house. They are to jumpstart the economy of the state. The Gbongan to Akoda Road, Oba Adesoji Aderemi East Bypass and Osogbo Old Garage to Ila-Odo Road will open up the corridors along which they passed and it will be amazing what turnaround these will bring to the economy of the state. Whatever we are getting as IGR today will be quadrupled. That is our vision and target. 
We are grateful that to a large extent, you have collaborated with us and supported us.

We are simply asking for further perseverance, understanding, patience and sacrifice.

You must not fail to recognise, as Chief Obafemi Awolowo admonished us, that the darkest part of the night is just before the dawn.

I told labour leaders in my recent meeting with them what Comrade Hassan Sunmonu said in a public occasion, that something told him that we will be out of these difficulties by March of next year. I agree with him. It will come to pass Insha Allah! 

I may not figure out how this will happen now but I am reminded of the passage in the Bible where Prophet Elisha, at the height of a terrible famine his nation faced, prophesied that by the next day food would be abundantly available and for cheap, but an unbelieving nobleman guffawed and quipped that even if the heavens were to be opened, the prophecy would be impossible to come to pass. The Prophet replied him that he would see it but he would not be part of it.

True to God, it happened but he was trampled to death under the feet of the exultant people in their most joyous moment. I believe it will happen and you will all be part of it. Our own season of famine will be over by March of 2018. Aamin!

I am pleading with you; don’t let the enemy of our race deceive you. You have patiently borne the brunt of this situation to be able to patiently wait for another three months. Don’t be persuaded to change course. 

Remember that we have other options, which include rightsizing the workforce and living within our means. We have not done this, but have decided to weather the storm together until we dock at safe harbour. Let us keep it at that. I thank you.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is the Governor of the State of Osun and this piece is extracted from his address to the state workers in an occasion during the civil service week.

Strike: Osun Assembly Pleads For Workers’ Patience

Osun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon Najeem Salaam has appealed to the state workforce to show more understanding and be more patient with the government over the issue of modulated salary.

The assembly made the appeal in a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye following the declaration of indefinite strike by the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi to be started on December 27 in the state.

The parliament said that since the government has promised and shown commitment to pay the balance of the modulated salaries when the economy of the state improves, there should not be any fear on the part of the workers’ unions.

According to the Assembly, the state government was transparent enough in the apportionment of funds coming to the coffer of the state by setting up a committee led by a Veteran labour leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu to handle the apportionment, of which the labour leaders were also involved.

Regretting that the economic crisis has been causing the irregularities over the salary matter, it noted that though things were improving, but the workers should be more patient for thing to take proper shape.

Noting that the state Assembly was also monitoring the financial capacity of the state to finally resolve the salaries hullabaloo, it stressed that the parliament would no relent until the issues surrounding the modulated salaries are resolved.

Identifying with the plight of the workers, it said it is unfortunate that the economic situation of the country which is not limited to Osun has forced the government to adopt alternative means of addressing workers welfare.

It added that the workers should be persuaded by the fact that the political office holders in the state are also being paid 50 per cent of their total pay due to economic crisis.

The Assembly then urged the workers unions to be more patient, as they are the engine room of the government that will ensure the continuation of the developmental programmes and projects of the government.