Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun state chapter yesterday called on relief agencies in the country to come to the aid of the workers in the state so as to prevent them from untimely death being witnessed among them in the recent time.
The party who commended the decision of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to donate food stuffs to the state civil servants pointed out that the present situation in the state is more than what religious bodies can cope with.
The party in a statement issued by its Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, a copy of which was made available to The Union in Osogbo, noted with regret the attempt by the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to justify this misfortune by shifting the blame on the Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government who have consistently maintained that no state is being owed allocation.
Osun PDP then urged the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Red Cross Society and all the well meaning Nigerians to save Osun workers from their present hardship. The party further said that from its findings, the situation of the seven months unpaid salaries is so bad that many of the state workers have now resulted to “begging” on the street to feed their family while many have attempted suicide .
Their words: “On Wednesday, a man slumped and died in broad daylight at the popular Olaiya Junction, Osogbo, after begging for money to buy drug, albeit unsuccessfully from the traders around and the passersby. “The man openly shouted that his relatives that usually gives him money to buy drugs have not been paid salaries for months.
The sad aspect of the story is that the corpse was left at the spot where he foamed and bled through mouth and was there for a day before his remains was evacuated. “We also have it on good authority that many of these helpless workers have been evicted from their rented apartment while many others are said to be considering suicide.
“Governance has been completely halted in Osun. Schools are close to students, hospitals are under lock, court rooms are boycotted, many homes could not avoid a meal per day and yet the civil society groups in the country have not come to our aid. “With the rising tension in Osun now, the spillover of the impending crises may submerge the South West region, if help fails to come any moment from now.