The Osun State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sunday Akere, has accused the Federal Government of secretly funding states under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Akere said this in a statement in Osogbo, the state capital on Wednesday.
The commissioner described the development as double standard and an attempt to punish opposition-controlled states.
While defending the inability of the state government to pay its workforce, Mr. Akere said that this was due to the steady decline in the federal allocation accruing to the state.
He debunked the rumour that the huge debt profile of the state was the reason for its inability to pay workers’ salaries.
The commissioner added that Osun State was not the only state in the federation which was being affected by the paucity of fund.
He said, “It is unfortunate that one do not know the criterion that is used in sharing the revenue allocation these days because our state is now at number 36 on the table.
“We are aware the Federal Government said there is reduction in revenue accruable to the Federation Account, but we are also aware that the Federal Government funds some PDP states secretly through the back door at the expense of the states governed by the opposition parties.
“The reduction in the state allocation was not due to any debt profile. Federal Government did not single out Osun alone as been insinuated by the disgruntled elements, but as a result of what the Federal Government itself described as reduction in the Federal Revenue Allocation due to oil theft in the Niger Delta.
“Those who go around spreading false information are determined to set workers against the state government. The State of Osun is on number 36 on the revenue allocation sharing table.
“Even at this, there are several PDP states that have not been able to pay their workers salary regularly again since July2013 when the downward trend began with some owing between seven to eleven months salary while despite the politicking, we are still able to pay our workers up till September salary”.
Akere appealed to workers in the state for understanding for the time being, stressing that the situation would soon improve and normalcy restored to the system.