Economic Breakdown?? Osun state workers yet to be paid after 7 months of Labour
FOR public service workers in Osun State, these are indeed hard times because for about seven months now, they have not received salaries from their Osun State government employer under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. All they have gotten from Governor Aregbesola instead are promises that are yet to be fulfilled since last year when the state wage bill began to pile up.
Even though Osun State is not the only state in the federation that is facing financial difficulty and owing its workforce, yet, the ugly situation in the state appears to have been further aggravated by the fact that the authorities have not thrown the card open about the true picture of the state of finance.
The expected line of communication between employee and employer seems to be lacking. However, Aregbesola has blamed the inability by his administration to pay salaries regularly on dwindling resources coming to the state from the federal purse.
He said, “Problem began in 2012 when our expenditure increased as a result of hike in minimum wage. This was when we applied the increase to junior workers only. Then our total expenses rose to N2.7 billion from the N1.4 billion that I met in November 2010.”