The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday condemned last Tuesday’s protest by the Civil Society Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State at the National Assembly over unpaid salaries.
The governing party in the state described the action as irresponsible and lacking in common sense, because there was no basis for it and was ill-motivated.
The Osun APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, said in a statement in Osogbo, the state capital that Osun, like many other states in the country is “doing all that is humanly possible to manage the crisis of economic downturn occasioned by a drop in oil prices worldwide”.
He added: “Every knowledgeable person about the salary crisis in Osun can testify to the fact that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been open and transparent in his dealing with the workers, and there is on-going understanding between both parties to address the issue on the basis of whatever fund is available to the state, either from the Federal or internally generated funds.
“The peace and understanding that reign in Osun today is as a result of the pact between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the government to address the salary issue on the basis of the earnings of the state government.
“Even the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in an interview on Monday, confirmed that ‘there is actually cooperation towards addressing the salary issue’, and he indicated further that ‘Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been transparent in putting on the table whatever money comes in’.
“So in a situation where there is no rancour, it is most unbecoming for a group like the Coalition to go to Abuja and give a false impression about the crisis which does not exist. And to make matters worse on the basis of a non-existent crisis, the group went to Abuja to call on the National Assembly to intervene”.