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Osun says corruption by past administrations responsible for inability to pay workers

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The Osun state government had admitted owing some civil servants salaries up to 13 months due to reduction of Federal allocation to the state.

Recession hits Nigeria in 2016, which has made most of the state with low Internal generated revenue to struggle paying workers salaries.

This summed up the position of the Osun state government as workers commence strike over unpaid salaries on Wednesday.

Speaking on Channels TV programme, Politics Today, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, admitted that the state is lagging behind in terms of revenue generation compared to some states.

He, however, urged the workers to have more patience and show some understanding with the government as it relied on the Federal Allocations to pay their salaries.

“We are making sure that the welfare of our workers is our main priority,” Baderinwa said. 

“The relationship went on until there was a problem with our economy when we were unable to have as much money as we used to have from the Federation Account.”

“Everybody knows that Osun state cannot generate as much IGR as some other states in the country; even then, we ensure we did all that were needful in terms of paying salaries, ensuring workers’ welfare, and bringing about governance at the best standards that anybody will expect.

“That has been the situation. When the Muhammadu Buhari Administration came, there was this money that was given to states to assist them in payments of salaries that were outstanding,” he added.

The government official also claimed that the inability of Governor Aregbesola Administration to pay workers’ salaries was as a result of corruption by previous Administrations.