Osun State government, on Wednesday, began with the process of paying the outstanding salaries to workers in the state.
The good news was revealed by the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi, during a telpehone chat with a correspondent of the Tribune online on Wednesday in Oshogbo, Osun state. According to him, the workers should start receiving the long awaited bank alerts for their salaries on Friday.
Adekomi, who had earlier briefed journalists after a meeting with representative of government on the disbursement of bailout loan for workers salary at the Government House in Osogbo, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for disbursing the bailout loan for the payment of backlog of workers salaries.
He stated that there was no disagreement between the labour and government on whether the bailout loan will be used to pay workers salaries as speculated in some quarters.
“In order to ensure sustainability of payment of salaries in Osun State, the first disbursement from the bailout loan should cover the payment of outstanding September and December 2014 deductions, balance of January and February salaries and full payment of March, April and May 2015 salaries for state government workers.
“That workers in the employment of local governments and primary school teachers be paid their first instalment out of the bailout loan to cover the payment of balance of March and April, 2015 salaries as well as full payment of May and June, 2015 salaries.
“That state pensioners be paid balance of December, 2014 as well as January, February and March 2015 pensions while their counterparts in the local government and primary schools be paid up to June 2015.” Adekomi emphasised.
The NLC chairman, however noted that subsequent salaries would be paid with available net revenue from the Federation Accounts and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) will be apportioned in a way to take care of salaries, pensions and expenditure required to run government.