Osun Faults NLC’s Claim On Salaries

Rauf-AregbesolaThe Osun State Government yesterday rejected the Nigeria Labour Congress’ classification of the state among those with the worst record in payment of workers’ salaries.

It asked the NLC to allow its state council to furnish it with reliable and verifiable information about the government/workers relationship.

Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said in a statement that if the national office of the NLC had made efforts to get the accurate information on the state of affairs between the workers and the state government, it would not have listed Osun among states to be served strike notice over unpaid salaries.

“We find it curious that at a time that the state council of the NLC which is the umbrella body of many of the trade unions has initiated a move to partner with the state of Osun on how to sustain the state as a result of falling allocation from the Federation Account, the national office is singing discordant tunes by erroneously listing the state among states with ‘anti-workers’ postures.

“May we inform the NLC that workers in Osun can attest to the unparalleled pro-workers disposition of this government right from inception. At a time when many states had started owing their workers up to five months salaries, Osun, despite its very meagre allocation as the 34th on the allocation ladder then, had continued to meet its obligations by paying as at when due. We can say categorically that no state in Nigeria can boast of the records of paying salaries by 26th of every month before the pang of their painful reductions in allocation began to bite harder”, the statement added.

Setting the records straight, the statement denied the claim by the NLC that Osun is owing up to three month salaries, saying if the state had paid up to October at least, it would be wrong for the NLC to conclude Osun is among states owing “between three to eight months salaries”.

While advising the NLC to verify its claims from the state council well, it reminded the congress that Osun has a rich history of pro-workers dispositions which has been attested to by all workers in the state.

“This has been the basis of the cordial working relationship with the labour in Osun.

“This is why workers in our state, rather than confront, are engaging the state government on ways to boost the revenue generation capacity and look inward for alternative sources of funding”.

The statement assured the NLC that it had one of the most workers-friendly governors, adding that the government is irrevocably committed to the welfare of civil servants even in spite of the fast-dwindling resources.

It said that with a dip in monthly federal allocation to the state from N4.6billion to N1.1billion, the state government deserved commendation for the creative way it has managed the economy without collapsing.


  1. I don’t understand why Aregbesola is faulting the NLC’s position. It is true. We have not really been enjoying timely payment of salaries since we voted him as governor. Before the August governorship election, he took a loan to pay up our salary arrears, but he could not do the same to make us enjoy the festive season, just because he could easily blame it on the federal government. The last salary I receive was September salary. Some said he has paid for October but I haven’t received any genuine information on that. Even if he has paid October salary, this is January 2015 people! Yet he spent millions on his so-called tallest gong in the world. Who does that when his people are hungry? I regret voting for this man.


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