Osun Gov. blames drop in allocation for inability to pay workers

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, has blamed the failure of his administration to pay workers salaries on drop in state allocations the Federation Account.

 

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, has once again blamed the failure of his administration to pay workers salaries as at when due on the drop in allocations to the state from the Federation Account.

Aregbesola said this on Friday night, July 24, 2015 during a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of an award to him for service to humanity by Voice of African Women for Human Dignity, an NGO.

The award was presented to Aregbesola at Asokoro, Abuja.

The governor said that he was pained by his government’s inability to pay salaries regularly.

“I have found it hard to pay the wage bills owing to the declining federal allocation to the state.

“Federal allocation to the state has reduced by 40 per cent since 2013, thereby making it difficult for my government to meet its responsibilities,” he said.

Aregbesola said the situation became so bad at a point that he resorted to the state’s reserves, which he said also ran out on the payment of salaries.

He said administration had already to accumulate debt of N12bn in its bid to ensure that salaries were paid regularly, adding that his government was committed to the people’s welfare.

Aregbesola commended the group for the award and promised that it would inspire him to do more for the public.

“I got into politics so that I can render quality services to the suffering people of my state because majority of the people are hungry and angry,” he said.

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