The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has assured that workers’ salary arrears would be paid before the forthcoming Sallah festival.
He gave the assurance while addressing workers in Osogbo on Wednesday.
Mr. Aregbesola, who described the state workforce as cooperative, said he shared in the pains they had gone through.
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He said the storm was over as the state had started a new era of development, progress, transformation and peace.
“By the grace of God, the state will come out again, we will pay workers their salary before the Sallah celebration. Our government is one that is committed to workers’ welfare,” he said.
“We will also like to implore workers to join government in its effort to block some channels of leakages. It will be of great help to government and the people if you turn yourselves to whistle blowers by reporting any act or persons that are doing anything that will affect the state.”
The governor urged the workers in the state to be vigilant so that if fraudulent acts are perpetrated, he can be alerted.
“We would have paid before, but the payment has been a bit delayed because of the unanimous request of the labour union to conduct a screening and verification exercise so as to serve as a prerequisite to any release of funds,” Mr. Aregbesola said.
“The workers themselves demanded that they need a clear verification of those who are qualified to receive the salaries.”