Osun State government, on
Wednesday, commenced the
process for the payment of
outstanding salaries to workers
in the state.

Making this disclosure during a
telephone chat with Tribune
Online in Osogbo, the state
capital, the chairman of the state
chapter of the Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi,
assured that civil servants would
start to receive bank alerts for
their salaries before Friday.

Adekomi, who had earlier briefed
journalists after a meeting with
representative of government on
the disbursement of bailout loan
for workers salary at the
Government House in Osogbo,
commended Governor Rauf
Aregbesola for disbursing the
bailout loan for the payment of
backlog of workers salaries.

He stated that there was no
disagreement between the
labour and government on
whether the bailout loan will be
used to pay workers salaries as
speculated in some quarters.

Adekomi stressed that labour all
this while was sure that the fund
was intact but was meeting with
government on the modalities of
how it will be disbursed based
on the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) of 13th July
entered into with government by
labour.

While commenting on the MoU
between government and the
committee inaugurated on
disbursement of bailout loan, the
NLC boss said the funds to be
disbursed would cover the
payment of outstanding salaries
for the month of January to June.

According to Adekomi, “in order
to ensure sustainability of
payment of salaries in Osun State,
the first disbursement from the
bailout loan should cover the
payment of outstanding
September and December 2014
deductions, balance of January
and February salaries and full
payment of March, April and May
2015 salaries for state
government workers.

“That workers in the
employment of local
governments and primary school
teachers be paid their first
instalment out of the bailout loan
to cover the payment of balance
of March and April, 2015 salaries
as well as full payment of May
and June, 2015 salaries.

“That state pensioners be paid
balance of December, 2014 as
well as January, February and
March 2015 pensions while their
counterparts in the local
government and primary schools
be paid up to June 2015.”
Adekomi emphasised.

The NLC chairman, however
noted that subsequent salaries
would be paid with available net
revenue from the Federation
Accounts and Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) will be
apportioned in a way to take
care of salaries, pensions and
expenditure required to run
government.

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