Osun Gets 11.7bn Naira Refunds From FG, To Pay Salary And Pension Arrears

naira-notesThe Government of Osun State on Friday confirmed the receipt of 11.744 billion Naira as part of the refunds from the Paris Club loans deductions through the Federal Government.

A statement by the government, through the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, said that based on the received fund the Governor had approved an upward review of the existing salaries and pensions payment structure.

It said the decision was reached to further ease the financial strains foisted on the workers and pensioners as a result of the national economic challenge the country had faced in recent times.

The decision was made after what the government called exhaustive deliberations by the Revenue Apportionment Committee which comprises representatives of workers and the government, under the leadership of Comrade Hassan Sumonu, a foremost labour leader.

The reviewed payment structure stipulated that workers from Level one to seven would continue to be paid their 100% salary while workers on Level eight to ten would now be paid 75% salary.

Workers on Level 12 and above will earn 50% salary while passive workers (pensioners) on 1,000 Naira to 20,000 Naira will collect 100% pensions.

Pensioners on 20,001 Naira to 80,000 Naira will earn 75% of their pensions and those on 80,001 Naira will continue to collect 50% of pensions.

Pensioners have kicked against half salaries during one of their protests in the state

The government, said that on the basis of the newly reviewed payment structure, it would pay salaries and pensions of September, October and November as from Monday December 19.

The Government expressed appreciation for what it described as high sense of responsibility, patriotism, and love for the development of the state, as exemplified by their understanding and cooperation with the government.

It further assured the entire people of the state that laying a solid foundation for future development of the state was paramount.

“This is the reason for the ambitious and courageous development projects in education, roads infrastructure, health, security, agriculture, youths employments and other social welfare programmes of the Rauf Aregbesola administration,” the statement read.

The Osun State government also acknowledged the sacrifice of all in the course of the government navigating through the turbulent economic period, assuring residents that with their cooperation, the state would be great.

Few weeks ago, angry pensioners had besieged the premises of Osun State House of Assembly in protest of their unpaid pensions and pounced on lawmakers, beating them black and blue.

The aggrieved pensioners staged a fresh protest over the non-payment of their pension and gratuities by the state government before marching to the Assembly Complex at Abeere to vent their anger on what they termed ‘move by the legislators to prevent the Senate from probing the spending of the bailout funds received by Governor Aregbesola’.

Our correspondent in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, Bosede Sodiq, reports that some legislators had attempted to pacify the seemingly angry protesters before they became violent and attacked the members of the parliament.

WAEC Exam: Osun Says Students’ Performance Reflects Input

JAMB Act, ASUU, AmendmentOsun State government on Friday said the 46.30 per cent performance of its students in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations confirms its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said that for a state that once fell to a woeful six per cent performance prior to the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to move up to 46.3 per cent aptly illustrated the fact that the government’s various interventions in education were paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor says the government is not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remained the highest and the best in 13 years.

In 2015, results of the WASCE showed that Osun ended up with 21 per cent in performance.

The details of the results from West Africa Schools Certificate Examination (WASCE) showed that Osun presented for the examination, a total of 36,678 students with 18,318 males and 18,360 females.

Out of these, 8,329 males secured credits in at least five subjects including English and Mathematics while 8,654 females candidates secured credits in English and Mathematics totaling 16,983 that got five credits with Mathematics and English.

Gradual Upward Movement

The state had registered 48,845 candidates the previous year, 2015 with 25,347 males and 23,498 female candidates.

Out of these, 5,314 male candidates got five credits and above in Mathematics and English while 5,276 female candidates secured at least five credits, including Mathematics and English, making a total of 10,590 to make the 21.68 per cent performance of 2015.

The Bureau said Osun, under Aregbesola’s administration had recorded gradual upward movement from the abysmal performances due to the various interventions in the sector.

“For instance, the state has discouraged enrollment of students whose performances in internal examinations were nothing to write home about. This has compelled many of the students to change their orientations towards learning.

“Other novel interventions such as provision of stand-alone Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to all students writing WAEC each year has made learning much easier.

“With the introduction of this tablet, students now spend quality times both in and out of classroom situations.

“The result is that there is no dull moment for every student who is desirous of true education,” the Bureau’s statement read.

Better learning environment, the statement identified, had also contributed in no small measure to the improved results.

“So, far, Osun has completed 1,694 classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools; providing accommodation for 84,700 pupils at 50 pupils per classroom.

“We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes.

“Today, the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja Government School of Science, Osogbo, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo and Adventists Government High School Ede have been completed, with Ilesa Government High School, Iwo Government High School, Unity/Fakunle Government High School, Osogbo and others near completion,” the statement added.