The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun State, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, said on Tuesday that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the payment of December, 2014 salary for workers in the state.
Adekomi said at a press conference after meeting a government delegation led by Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola that the governor also approved the payment of the 30 percent of the balance of November salaries of some workers who were yet to be paid in full.
The NLC boss, however, said workers would not suspend their strike despite the payment of their one out of seven months’ salaries.
Mr. Sunday Owoeye, Head of Service also confirmed that workers had started receiving alerts for the balance of November and December 2014 salaries.
Owoeye’s text read, ”They are already receiving alerts for the balance of November, and part of December, 2014. A journey of 1,000km starts with one step. The man who removes a mountain starts by carrying stones away.”
But NLC’s Adekomi explained that most workers would not get anything from the one month salary paid because their banks would use the meager money for loan repayment and interest.
According to Adekomi, most workers will not have anything left to feed themselves let alone transport themselves to their places of work and because of this, he stressed that the strike would continue.
The NLC chairman said, ”We appreciate the efforts of the government to see that salary and pension arrears are settled without further delay . Our negation with government is that out of eight months owed us, the minimum we can take is give months to resume work.
“As it is now, the strike continues while negotiations also continue. I appeal to all workers in the state to continue to stay at home until further notice.
“This payment is as good as no payment because all deductions must have been made by our various banks. Because of this, there won’t be money for us to transport ourselves to work and feed our families.
“Until we have enough money to feed and for our transportation to work, we will not resume work. The strike continues.”
The governor on June 14 promised to pay workers’ salaries in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.
The governor stated that he had a great dream of industrialization for the state and that was why he was in a hurry to begin many programmes which had earned him applause even outside the country.
He said further, “The dream has not gone awry and it is a clear vision that Osun must be on its feet, self-reliant and be a reference point in Nigeria. The race to ensure development within the first term of Aregbesola was informed by the fear of what is happening now.
“Aregbesola wanted an Osun that is self-reliant. That Osun, almost two decades after its creation, could not boast of tax-paying companies speaks volumes about the magnitude of the works that awaited the Aregbesola administration.
“But he did not shy away from this task of industrialisation. Within his first term, his government had caused investors to bring up companies such as the Omoluabi Garment Factory, Osogbo, Adulawo/RLG Technology Company in Ilesa.”