Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has blamed the delay in the payment of salaries of workers in the state to about 80% drop in the federal revenue allocation to the state. This, the party alleged was caused by mismanagement of the nation’s economic resources by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led federal government who ruled the country in the last sixteen years.
The state chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun while briefing members of the party and newsmen at the party secretariat in Osogbo yesterday, stated that at the peak of statutory allocation to Osun, the state got N5.5 billion in February 2013 but dropped to N466 million by April 2015.
Famoodun stated further that as at the time the party came on board in November, 2010 the emoluments of workers in the state was N1.4 billion while it stands today at N3.6 billion, following the increase in minimum wage in 2012. The APC chieftain, who argued that Osun state is not the only state affected by delay in worker’s salaries, said that Osun State government had the record of payment of salaries before the 25th of every month as well as paid 13th months salaries when the economy was buoyant.
Famoodun said the insinuation that the present cash crunch in the state was as a result of government profligacy was unfounded adding that government has in four year, between Nov 2010 and April 2014 spent N120.4 billion on salaries and emoluments out of the total allocation (including all sources) from Abuja of N177.5 billion (68%). His words: “Within the same period, our IGR efforts raked in N27.8 billion while our recurrent expenditure stood at N96.7 billion.
In summary, our total money from all sources was N205.3 billion while salaries plus recurrent gulped N217.1 million. This gives us a deficit of N11.8 billion. “Therefore, without capital projects, paying salaries plus our recurrent expenditure alone are at a deficit. This puts a lie to the insinuation that it was capital projects that put the government into trouble”.