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, a$$ured 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