Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osun state civil servant simply identified as Tunde yesterday slumped and died while on duty post at the Government Secretariat, Osogbo.
Our correspondent gathered that the deceased, a night guard with the state government died of hunger following his inability to buy food as a result of the nonpayment of salary in last seven months.
It was further learnt that Tunde who was an indigene of Modakeke in Ife East local government of the state fell into the cold hand of death owing to his inability to procure drugs for the management of his ailment.
The incident, it was also gathered drawn the attention of the staff of Auditor General office where the man was working but all efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive. It took the effort of officers of Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to evacuate the corpse from the scene of the incident.
Reacting to the development, the secretary of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, Mrs Tola Nosegbe stated that government had not been transparent in its approach to the payment of workers salary. She challenged the state government to explain how it expended the allocation collected from January this year.
Also, a human rights lawyer in the state, Mr. Alfred Adegoke maintained that Rauf Aregbesola led government have no justification whatsoever for the nonpayment of salary of the workers. Adegoke attributed the challenges confronting the state to misplacement of priority and mismanagement of resources hence the need for government to urgently retrace it steps or face mass protest by the people of the state.
He then charged the government to look inward and develop holistic approach to solve the mess it has found itself.