Aregbesola worried over payment of salaries
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has lamented the inability of the state government to pay full salaries to its civil servants and political appointees.
He said he was unhappy over the payment of modulated salaries to the workers, just as he explained that not all civil servants in the state were affected by the modulated system.
He stated this yesterday while addressing a Federal Government delegation that paid the state an advocacy visit on the digital switch over.
According to Aregbesola, economic downturn induced by corruption, crude oil theft and mismanagement of the country’s resources had forced the state to it current situation.
He said no reasonable person or government would be happy at being incapacitated in the performance of his responsibilities.
“We are not happy paying modulated salaries to our workers in the civil service and to political appointees; we are constrained by the financial reality of the time.
“Contrary to the lies you are being fed, it is not all our workers that receive half salaries. Workers on Level 1 to 7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the workforce, are being paid full salaries.
“But those on Levels 8 to 11 showed understanding with the government and accepted 75 per cent of their salaries.
“It is only workers from Level 12 and above that received 50 per cent of their salaries. The workers have shown maturity, support and understanding. We acknowledge and appreciate their sacrifice and support,” he said.
Aregbesola added that the financial burden on the government was incurred to provide infrastructure and develop the state economically, noting that Osogbo deserved infrastructure development that befits a state capital.
“Before our government, Osogbo roads were very narrow and since there was no development, there was no heavy traffic, and the roads accommodated the users.
“However, there was influx of people to the state since our administration came on board. There was heavy traffic on Osogbo roads and they could not accommodate the traffic anymore.
“We started construction of new roads and rehabilitation of some existing ones to ease traffic,” he added.
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