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.”
By Nofisat Adeoye
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has said the Peoples Democratic Party which ruled the state for seven and a half year, did not do anything all through its rule, saying the party has no legacy to show for it.
Aregbesola said this on a breakfast show on TV Continental on Wednesday as parts of events marking his administration’s seven years in government.
Aregbesola noted that while the PDP has no legacy to show for their administration, his government has succeeded in building 50 years solid foundation in all sectors.
“We inherited a state with no infrastructure, no agriculture, no rail, no road and no security and within our seven years in government, we have been able to navigate a greater tomorrow for the state of Osun”, Aregbesola Added.
“PDP mischievous campaign cannot last because its members can see the reality on ground, they spent seven and a half year in Osun Government but has no legacy to show for it whereas our administration has succeeded in building 50 years solid foundation in all sectors.
“We are meeting every aspiration of our people. PDP and its cohorts are only jittery of what they were unable to do while in government.
“Our administration has spent over 200billion naira to pay workers’ salaries and pensions since 2010 when we assumed office and the totality of what we have spent so far on physical infrastructure is less than N60billion.
“We have also recorded a proportional geometric increase in the percentage of external examinations. We are rebranding Osun so as to build and put in place all we need and deserve as a people.” Aregbesola added.
The Board of Continental Broadcasting Services Ltd (CBS), owners TVC and Radio Continental have explained that 145 members of staff were sacked as part of measures to restructure the organisation and focus on its core business to deliver greater value to stakeholders in the venture.
A statement released by the board on Friday said “A total of 145 people are affected by Friday’s announcement,’’ the statement said.
“We wish to make clear that our core channels consisting of TVC News Nigeria, TVC Entertainment and Radio Continental, will now become the main focus of our business going forward, where we will deliver high quality news and entertainment programmes to our audiences and advertisers across Nigeria and beyond.
“The winding down of TVC News Africa will allow us to concentrate on these key areas of our business.
“For those staff members affected by today’s announcement, the Board of CBS Ltd has approved a generous severance package, in addition to a programme of assistance to enable them seek new employment,’’ the statement said.
The group of companies is reportedly owned by a former governor of Lagos State and APC stalwart, Ahmed Tinubu.
A fake journalist impersonating TVC News was arrested on Sunday afternoon while trying to gain entrance into the main palace of the Ooni of Ife.
The young man who identified himself as Idowu Oluwaseyi was carrying a camera with a TVC News sticker on it and he also produced a fake TVC News identity card.
He was trying to gain entrrance into the main palace where a reception was being organised in honour of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi and his new queen, Wuraola Ogunwusi when he sighted with his camera with the TVC News sticker.
When approached, he claimed to have come from TVC News and produced a fake identity card.
He was later handed over to the police and he confessed to being a fake journalist at the palace police post, Enuwa, Ile Ife.
He is currently being detained in the police cell where he is helping them with further investigations.