Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has blamed his administration’s inability to pay the full salaries of its workers on the failure of the previous administration in the state.
Trademark APC: Aregbesola, in justifying the situation, employed what has become the standard explanation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, especially at the federal level, in shifting responsibility and blaming previous administrations for serious issues it confronts.
Important to note: Aregbesola’s blame game is coming in his 7th year as governor.
In a statement by the Osun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, Aregbesola stated that it is not his desire to deprive his workers their entitlements but “economic downturn induced by brazen corruption, wanton theft of crude oil and mismanagement of the country’s resources by the last administration” have forced the state into the unfortunate situation.
According to him, no reasonable person would be happy with the plight of the unpaid workers.
“We are not happy paying modulated salary to our workers in the civil service and political appointees. We are compelled by financial reality.”
We are not owing salaries, we are simply modulating it: In an attempt to exonerate his administration, the governor said the state has not been owing salaries but has been modulating it such that some categories of workers receive only a portion of what is due to them as remuneration.
“Contrary to the lies around, it is not all our workers that receive half salary. Workers on levels 1-7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the workforce are being paid full salary. Workers on levels 8-10 receive 75 percent of their salary, while levels 12 upward collect 50 percent of their salary,” he said.