APC government owes workers 12 months salary in Osun, groups protest

There is palpable tension in Osun State led by APC governor, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, has failed to pay workers between ten to twelve months salary arrears despite collecting billions of naira in the Paris Refund and other windfalls. 
 
A ciivil society group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), spearheading the protests, has urged the State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to clear the backlog of the salaries and pension arrears to the state workers and retirees.
 
Despite President Muhammadu Buhari recent disclosure that the Federal Government has released the total sum of N760.17 billion, in two tranches, of the Paris Club Refund to state governments for the payment of outstanding salaries and pensions, but some governors are believed to have spent the funds on other unaccounted things, including the embattled APC governor of Osun state.
 
In a signed statement by the CSCEOS’ Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman on Wednesday
maintained that with the position of the nation’s President on Paris Club Refund, there should be no excuse for Mr. Aregbesola not to clear the outstanding salaries and pensions arrears of workers and retirees in the State, urging the leadership of the Labour Unions in the State to hold Aregbesola responsible for still owing salaries and pensions arrears.
 
Comrade Sulaiman who sympathized with the affected workers and retirees in the State over the non-usage of Bailout funds and Paris Club Refunds and Budget Support Funds (BSF)  released to Mr. Aregbesola by Federal Government to clear the backlog of salaries and pension arrears, advising the workers and retirees alike to ensure that they
collected their outstanding legitimate entitlement before the emergency of new governor of the State in 2018.
 
According to the group: 
“This is high time for the Federal Government
to set up high level unbiased investigative panel on how the States mismanaged the funds being released to them for the purpose of clearing the backlog of workers’ salaries and pensions while some States like Osun State is still owing 10 to 12 months salary and pensions arrears. It is also the high time for the authority of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the country, to wake up from their slumber and take action.”
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