Osun Has Committed N63.98bn To Salary Payment – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun has averred that the financial crisis that forced the state government to payment of modulated salary to its workers would be over by the end of March, 2018.

Aregbesola who addressed the workers at the Civil Service Week programme on Thursday in Osogbo, appealed to them to persevere for a little more time for the payment of full salary, just as he commended them for their perseverance, patience, sacrifice, dedication and labour of love.

The governor disclosed that only 28 per cent of the state’s total workforce received modulated salary, stating that the remaining 72 per cent of the workers have been earning their full salary and are not being owed any outstanding salaries.

He said: “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.”

Explaining the financial situation of the state, Aregbesola said: “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.”

Aregbesola who accused his political opponents of playing mischief on the salary issue, urged the workers not to allow the opposition to instigate them against the government.

He recalled that he had paid workers 13th month bonus salaries and restructured leave bonus to be paid on a worker’s birthday or service engagement date, adding that he also quadrupled and gave car and housing allowances to workers without prompting when the state was financially buoyant between December 2010 and December 2013.

The governor stressed: “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.

“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 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!,” the governor stated.

“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. ”

Osun Has Paid Over N200bn To Workers In Seven Years – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday said his administration has committed over N200bn to the payment of workers and pensioners in the state in the last 7 years.

While speaking on TVC Breakfast show, the governor noted that such amount of money had been expended in settling the workforce.

The statement was in reaction to the widely circulated impression that the state government had prioritized projects over the welfare of its workers.

According to Aregbesola, only N60bn had been spent on infrastructural projects since the inception of his administration in 2010 contrary to speculations that capital projects had taken over the thrust of the state’s finances.

He explained that the government recognizes efforts of civil servants in easing the speed of work and will do anything within its resources to motivate them for optimum productivity.

His words ”We have spent over 70% of our entire revenue on salaries and pensions since 2010. That’s over N200bn and we have spent just around N60bn on both human and infrastructural development in the same period.”


Imo, Bayelsa, Taraba Most Indebted States to Workers – Report

Imo, Bayelsa, Taraba and a few others are the most indebted states to workers in the Nigerian federation, a report has shown.

Going by the statistics provided by @BudgITng, an independent body monitoring the country’s economy, it shows the North Central State has the highest record of owing workers salaries from the primary school teachers cadre to senior civil servants as well as pensioners.

States with some level of oil with 13% derivation from FAAC every month are caught in this mess.

The figures released as of May 15, 2017 puts Osun in a low pedestal compared to states viewed as viable and economically buoyant to cater for their immediate needs.

Despite its reported huge debt profile, the financial re-engineering ability and administrative ingenuity of Governor Rauf Aregbesola gave birth to the modulated salary structure agreement which some states hitherto paying full salaries are longing to adopt as they await the resuscitation of the economy.

For the past two years since the new salary regime began which was an agreement between the government and Labour unions in the state, the government has remained consistent to workforce well being.

And with all the noise generated over Osun, the report only stresses the need for government to brace up and work to make things better.

If Osun can be so self-matured and pragmatic to swing into action by 2015, then why can’t they go to Bayelsa, Imo where the story is different?

With Osun moving forward in the execution of basic infrastructures and other amenities, So also is the welfare of the workers that many believe would have reduced the challenges faced by the Governor if the salary issue was one which had no locus standi to move beyond its early stage.

Akeredolu Begs Ondo Workers To Waive Outstanding Salaries And Arrears

Ondo Sttate Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has begged civil servants in the state workforce to waive their outstanding salaries and arrears owed by the immediate past government.

Mr. Akeredolu made the plea when the committee on arrears of salaries of state public servants submitted its final report at the cocoa conference hall in Akure.

Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi headed the committee, which was inaugurated on the March 7, 2017.

The governor explained that it was becoming increasingly difficult to use state funds to offset workers’ accumulated and outstanding salaries and arrears.

He said the government workers must be prepared to “pay the sacrifices” of waiving their salaries as part of their own contributions to the economic development of the state.

“We have said this many times, we must be prepared to pay sacrifices because we don’t borrow money to pay salaries. If they (workers) meet and say they waive two months, we will be glad, but if they insist on having the full arrears, we will look for ways of paying,” Mr. Akeredolu said.

“I will have to address the workers to let them know that it’s not possible to use all our money to pay salaries,” he added.

He promised that the All Progressives Congress-led government in the state would endeavor to not owe civil servants’ salaries accruing from his assumption of office in February 2017.

“I know it is not easy but it is also getting increasingly difficult for the government, too, but whatever we do, we will try not to owe salaries,” the governor said.

SaharaReporters learned that the governor has paid three months’ salaries – February, March and April – to the government workers of the state.

Our correspondent reported that Mr. Akeredolu has also paid one out of six months’ outstanding salaries owed to the workers by the immediate past governor, Olusegun Mimiko.

Mr. Akeredolu stated that the government would, however, look inwardly for solutions by increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in order to help address issues of funds in the state treasury.

Submitting the report, Mr. Agboola claimed that of the total salaries owed to civil servants, N38.57 billion was owed to the workers by the immediate past government of Mr. Mimiko.

The deputy governor disclosed that the figure was excluding an additional N41.5 billion which represents outstanding gratuities.

“What the government is owing now is N34.5 billion, representing five months’ salaries as against the six months we met on board and it is outside the N41.5 billion representing outstanding gratuities.”

In June 2016, former Governor Olusegun Mimiko declared that the monthly wage bill, including pensions, of Ondo State was N3.9 billion.

Mr. Mimiko disclosed the figure while pacifying state workers during one of their protests at the front of the government house in Akure before leaving office.

Political pundits have been asking Mr. Mimiko’s successor, Mr. Akeredolu, to declare the true figure of the state monthly wage bill since he promised government transparency after being sworn-in as governor.

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Obiano Gives Condition for Salary Increment

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has said that he would increase salaries of civil servants in the state when the monthly Internally Generated revenue hits n2.4 billion.

Obiano said this while addressing the state workers at the 2017 May Day celebration in Awka on Monday.

This was after the labour movement in the state had in a joint address called for the declaration of state of emergency on increase of workers’ pay in Anambra.

Obiano who pointed out that the current IGR of the state was between N1.4 and N1.5 billion said he was reiterating the promise because of his administration’s commitment to welfare of workers in the state.

He recalled that he had earlier made the promise when he assumed office in 2014 when he said that he would increase salaries when the state’s IGR improved from the then N500 million to N1 billion.

He said he effected the increment in 2015 automatically when the improvement came.

The governor said he had directed the chairman of the state civil service commission to commence the process that would lead to promotion of those due before the end of the year.

He commended labour in the state for their support for his administration and enjoined them to continue to do so.

Earlier, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade union Congress (TTUC) in the state had urged Obiano to declare State of emergency for upward review of salary of workers.

In the joint address delivered by Mr Jerry Nnubia, Chairman of NLC in the state, the workers commended the governor for prompt payment of salaries but pointed out that it was now grossly inadequate.

He said some of the injustices against labour which gave birth to the struggle in the 19th century during which lives were lost were still seen today especially as it concerned the Nigerian worker.

He said the celebration which was themed “Labour Relations in Recession an Appraisal” was to make it relevant to the extant economic realities in Nigeria.

One will feel sorry for the Nigerian worker because they are the worst hit by the present economic situation in Nigeria.

“Inflation is at the highest level of 17.26 per cent with prices of goods and services hitting the roof, while the wages of workers remain static at N18, 000 minimum wage.

“Remember when the N18, 000 minimum wage was approved in 2011, dollar was below N160 and now dollar is about N400.

“Your Excellency, in as much as we appreciate your kind disposition towards workers, it is still very clear that we are passing through untold hardship, what we receive cannot scratch our basic need at the surface,’’ he said.

The organised labour also listed other challenges facing them as delay in promotion, disparity in implementation of health workers salary structure between local and state government workers.

Decreasing number of teachers following massive retirement, payment of pensions to local government workers who retired between 2014 and 2017, training for workers and low cost housing.

The labour movement also honoured Obiano with the award of most labour friendly governor in Anambra and endorsed him for second term in the Nov. 18, 2017 elections in the state.


Benue Constitutes Panel to Clear Backlog of Salaries

The Benue State Government has set up a special committee to clear the backlog of salaries owed civil servants.

Gov. Samuel Ortom, said on Friday in Makurdi at a meeting with organised labour, that the committee would work out what was involved and work toward settling it.

He said that the committee would be headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, with the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor, Commissioner for Justice, Mr Mike Gusah and some members of the State Executive Council as members.

Other members include the Chairman, Benue chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Godwin Anya and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Ordue Tartenger.

Other are the Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council I, II and III, Mr Philip Nongo, and the Chairman, National Union of Local Government Employees, Mr Terungwa Igbe.

Ortom said that civil servants were the engine room of government, and stressed the need to clear the backlog of salaries so as to motivate them to put in their best.

In their speeches, Anya and Tartenger urged the government to clear the outstanding salaries and strive to ensure that salaries were paid regularly henceforth. (NAN)

#SWSalary Is TRENDING: Twitter Users Blames Mimiko For Massive Pillaging Of Ondo Resources

Users discussing the status of payment of salary in the South West have lambasted former governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Mimiko, with some calling for his arrest over the reckless manner in which he allegedly managed the state resources.

Former Governor Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had on Friday, 24th February handed over to the newly elected governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, owing at least, eight (8) months salaries.

Though, the newly sworn-in governor had on Friday March 10th, 2017 ordered the payment of one month salary arrears to the suffering workers who endured 8 months of hardship under the former governor.

OsunDefender learnt that a human rights advocacy group, Human and Environment Development Agenda, HEDA had yesterday through its weekly twitter chat which hold son Mondays with the hashtag #MondayTango, started conversations around the status of salary payments in the South West. The group in a special report published on it website, revealed how Ondo State under Olusegun Mimiko amongst other states, earned billions of naira from the federal government in monthly allocations and bailout funds, but refused to pay workers their salaries and allowances.

You can read the full report here.

As at 12noon today when OsunDefender found the #SWSalary trend, the hashtag was trending at number 7 across Nigeria.

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A twitter user, with the name Nike, argued that former governor Olusegun Mimiko be immediately picked up and tried for the civil servants who died under him for non-payment of 8 salaries.

See other tweets trending on the hashtag below: