The State government in Nigeria were the most hit when the country encountered economic recession in 2016.
Meanwhile, before the recession came upon the country, some countries were already finding it hard to pay workers’ salary while others were already owing salaries to its workers.
In a show of support, President Muhammadu Buhari, released tranches of the Paris Club Fund as bailout funds to the state governors in order to enable them pay workers salaries and keep the state running.
However, some state governors after receiving these funds were still not paying salaries to their workers while in the case of Osun state, the then Governor, Rauf Aregbesola was paying modulated salaries to all its workers including state university lecturers.
The modulated salaries in which these workers were receiving went on for over two years which made workers in the state had an axe to grind with the state government, especially Aregbesola but events took a new turn before Aregbesola left office and Governor Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola has maintained the tempo since his assumption of the office.
In a renewal of hope to its workers, the State Government of Osun has disclosed that the era of modulated salaries is over and done with.
Governor Oyetola stated this yesterday while he went to commission the secretariat complex of the Ila Central Local Council Development Area in Ila Orangun.
He also explained that the state had no plan to lay off workers but would rather prioritise their welfare.
Oyetola described the insinuation that the government was planning to return to payment of modulated salaries, which ended in June 2018 and which he has sustained since he assumed office in November 2018, as baseless and unfounded, being peddled by the opposition and people with ulterior motive.
The governor urged workers to disregard the rumour. The state paid modulated salaries to its senior employees during its economic hardship but this was terminated in June 2018.
Governor Oyetola said his administration had been working assiduously to develop workable and realistic means of increasing the revenue of the state to match its expenditure.
He said his government would ensure proper diversification of the economy in such a way that the state would be financially strong enough to cater for its needs without depending on allocation from the federation account.
The governor said, “The era of modulated and half salaries is gone in Osun and never shall we return to it. I want to say we have no intention to downsize the workforce or return to modulated salaries because it has been brought to our knowledge that some people are spreading the rumour about a return to modulated salaries. This is the handiwork of the opposition and enemies of progress. We have started the payment of full salary since June 2018 and since then; our workers across board have been receiving full payment. What we are doing right now is to diversify our economy for greater productivity and efficiency as we are determined to harness our potential to bring about the desired change.”
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