Osun spends N5.1b on salaries, pensions
•NLC hails state govt
THE Osun State government has explained how it disbursed the second tranche of its Paris Club loan refund it received from the Federal Government.
Addressing reporters yesterday at his office in Osogbo, the state capital, Information Commissioner Adelani Baderinwa said N5,131,680,567.59 was expended on full salaries and pensions up till last month (July) for Levels 1 to 7 workers, being the most vulnerable, “the balance of the full salaries for the remaining workers up till August 2015, and balance of 2015 leave bonus”.
The state government, in agreement with labour unions in the state, agreed to use the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund for the payment of salaries and pensions.
Baderinwa said: “Workers on levels 1 to 7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the state civil service, have received their full salaries and entitlement up to July, 2017. Likewise, workers on grade levels 8 to 11 comprising of 21,624 workers, showed understanding with the government to accept 75 per cent of their salaries and full leave bonus.
“It is only workers on grade levels 12 to 17, who receive 50 per cent of salaries and full leave bonus. So far, they have also showed maturity and understanding with the state government. The same formula applies with our pensioners.”
The commissioner said the payment formula was jointly agreed with the Labour-led Revenue Apportionment Committee, which consists of the labour union leaders and representatives of government, chaired by a veteran Labour leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu.
The Apportionment Committee reviews revenues of government and agrees on how these are apportioned to pay salaries and pensions, he said.
According to him, this model is unprecedented for governments in Nigeria.
Also, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Babatunde Jacob Adekomi, has given the Rauf Aregbesola administration a pass mark for disbursing the Paris Club loan refund well.
Adekomi spoke on a radio programme monitored at the weekend.