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.

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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.

NLC Reconciliation Move Suffers Setback

NLCEfforts to reconcile the two leadership factions of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have suffered a setback as the faction led by Comrade Joe Ajaero accused Adams Oshiomole of playing a divisive role in the process of reconciling the two parties.

The reconciliation committee was led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu and other labour veterans to address the disagreements between the two factions of Comrades Ayuba Waba and Joe Ajaero after the eleventh delegate congress declared Mr Waba as new NLC President.

This reconciliation move however suffered some setbacks on Tuesday, April 21, as members blamed Governor Adams Oshiomole of alleged partisanship.

The election of a new national executive of the NLC ended in chaos in Abuja on February 12.

Aggrieved delegates were caught on camera smashing and emptying ballot boxes with ballot papers flying on the floor of the International Conference Centre.

The workers alleged that the ballot papers were designed to favour one of the candidates vying for the President of the union.

Over 3,000 delegates voted as the General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees, Joe Ajaero and the President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Wabba Ayuba, presented themselves for election to replace Adbulwaheed Omar.

The President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, had withdrawn from the race for Ajaero.

The NLC was formed by Nigerian workers in 1978 and has successfully conducted 10 delegates’ conferences.