Osun state government on Thursday announced that it has committed a sum of N5,131,680,567.59 for the payment of salary arrears, leave bonuses and pensions to serving workers and pensioners in the state and local government service.
The government said this was the recommended by the Comrade Hassan Sunmonu-led Revenue Allocation Committee.
The Comrade Hassan Sunmonu appropriation committee which comprises labour leaders in the state recommended that the arrears of July 2015, balance of leave bonus of 2015 and July 2017 salary and pension entitlements be paid from the N6.3 Paris club refund.
The government expressed satisfaction and gratitude to the Comrade Hassan Sunmonu committee which is responsible for the appropriation of accruable funds to every sector of the government.
A statement signed by the state commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, made available to newsmen, reiterated the fact that beneficiaries of the July 2015 arrears are level 8 and above workers of the state who constitute less than 35 per cent of the workforce, while those on levels 1-7 have been receiving their salaries in full and up to date.
The statement further reads: “It is only a section of workers on grade level 12 and above who receive painfully 50 per cent of their gross salaries based on agreement between the government and the labour unions.
“Outside that category of workers on grade level 12 and above, no other receives half of his or her salaries and the workers in this category are just 20 per cent of the state’s workforce.
“Officers on levels 8-10 receive 75 percent of their salaries while officers on levels 7 and below receive their full pay.
“Contrary to what the naysayers claim the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, all workers in the state have received their salaries up to June this year, according to the payment scheme and agreement. As we pay active workers, so we pay pensioners.
“The only outstanding pay to pensioners is the gratuity and this is due to workers who choose not to participate in the Contributory Pension Scheme and therefore left service in 2011/2012.”
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo