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Gov Adeleke Offsets Salary Debt Owed To Osun Civil Servants

Osun State Governor, Sen Ademola Adeleke has reportedly paid off the half-salary debt owed to civil servants in the state by the previous administration.

Adeleke noted that the debt was accumulated during the administration of Rauf Aregbesola, but that no action was taken to resolve the issue during the tenure of the immediate past governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

In a statement released by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, it was revealed that this is the fourth payment made since Adeleke assumed office.

The statement also highlighted that the governor had previously approved a phased payment approach to address the 30-month half salaries debt.

Additionally, a similar agreement has been reached with pensioners to settle a significant outstanding pension and gratuity amounting to N75 billion.

However, Governor Adeleke has emphasised proactive measures taken upon assuming office, including the issuance of a circular on phased payment by the Head of Service under his directive

“I revealed in several rallies last year that our administration would swing to action and activate the payment process once elected.

“I acted when we assumed office and we came up with a circular on the phased payment issued by the Head of Service on my instruction.

“I want to assure workers that we will stick to the circular. The implementation will continue unabated alongside other welfare packages for both active workers and retirees.

“I am committed to the implementation of the payment of palliative allowances recently approved by me for both workers and pensioners across the state, including local government workers,” Adeleke said.


Gov Adeleke Presents N1.5bn Bond To Osun Retirees

Gov Ademola Adeleke of Osun state presented bond certificates to contributory pensioners in the state, on Thursday, March 9.

Altogether, bond certificates worth N1.528 billion were presented to retired workers from both the state civil service and local government service.

The sum of N350 million was equally released as gratuities to retired staff of primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, civil servants and staff of parastatals.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Governor Adeleke apologised on behalf of the state government for the ill-treatment experienced in the past by retirees.

In his words: “Permit me to first apologize, on behalf of Osun State to our pensioners, for the ill-treatment of the past. You had laboured hard to serve the state. It is unfortunate that the past government decided to ignore and deride your significant input and contribution to state development. Accept our apologies.”

He revealed that his focus since taking over as governor in November 2022 was how to resolve all outstanding workers-related debts.

“Workers, in and out of service, deserve their due emoluments. It was in that spirit that I attended to the issue of half salary. We are paying it and we will clear all outstanding based on our people-oriented template.

“Let me make this clear. I am not doing you any favour. I am only fulfilling the task you voted me to do. It is in that spirit that I am extending this attention to the contributory pensioners,” he stated.

While emphasising that his goal in government is the welfare of the people, he pointed out that any government that refused to serve the public good has failed constitutionally and morally.