Human Rights Group, Centre For Human Rights And Social Justice, Has Cautioned Governor Rauf Aregbesola Of Osun State Against Playing The Blame Game And Find Solution For His Government’s Inability To Pay Workers Salaries Eight Months After.
Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has cautioned Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to stop blaming anybody for his government inability to pay the state workforce and retirees respectively for period of seven to eight months. The group noted that the present financial predicament of the state was as a result of Aregbesola’s government misappropriation of all the allocations accrued to the state during the rainy season.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Executive Chairman of the group, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, a copy was made available to journalists in Osogbo, the State capital yesterday, maintained that Aregbesola has mis-managed the resources accrued to the state on excess crude oil, ecological fund, SUBEB Fund, Sure-P, rebate from Local governments monthly allocation and state monthly allocation, as well as Pension Contributory Fund. Sulaiman who regretted the untold hardship and pains being experienced presently by the affected workers and retirees urged Aregbesola to heed the various advice being given by the opposition parties in the state to offset the backlogs of salaries in the state.
He stressed that Aregbesola’s defence over inability to pay the state workforce and retires was not tenable and far from the truth on the financial status of the state, saying that the state government could still be able to meet its obligation on workers’ salaries and monthly pension if the state resources were managed prudently. The CHRSJ boss who stated that Aregbesola’s should stop blaming the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-led Federal Government for the present problem facing the state said that Aregbesola was economical with the truth on the financial status of the state.
Sulaiman then called on Aregbeaola to come out with the true position of the state financial status and how his administration have expended the resources accrue to the state in the last four and half years. His words: “By now, Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola should stop blaming anybody, particularly, the former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration on his government inability to meet its obligation on the payment of workers salary as such defence has been belated and not tenable again. Aregbesola should look inward to offset the outstanding salaries of workers and pensioners in the state. Osun people cannot bear the brunt again. Osun State is experiencing present economic problem as a result of mis-management of resources accrued to the State from Federation Account by Aregbesola’s government.”