Osun: Don’t divert second Paris Club Refunds,CSCEOS warns Aregbesola

Posted on March 27, 2017. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , |


…..says, Aregbesola owes 10months salary, pension arrears

A civil group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEOS) has warned the State governor,Mr. Rauf Aregbesola against diverting the second phase of the Paris Club Refunds accrued to the State by the Federal Government, saying that Mr.Aregbesola led

State Government has been in the habit of diverting the funds accrued to the State since November,2010, which made the State under Aregbesola’s watch to owe workers and retirees alike to the tune of ten(10) months’ salary and pension arrears respectively.

It however, urged the good people of the State,particularly,the workers and retirees alike to monitor the State government on the spending of the Second phase of Paris Club Refunds by ensuring judicious utilization of the funds,calling on the anti-graft agencies in the land to monitor the State government on the funds.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari,upon returning to the country, after 49 days of medical vacation in London Hospital,directed the Minister of Finance,Mrs Kemi Adeosun to release the sum of $6.9 billion to the thirty-six(36) States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory,Abuja, for the payment of backlogs of workers’ salaries, pensions and gratuities to ameliorate the current suffering of the workers and retirees respectively and by extension to the

masses of the country,adding that the State government under Aregbesola would receive the sum of $168million.

This was contained in a signed statement by the CSCEOS’ Chairman,Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman,a copy was made available to Journalists on Monday,urged the State government to use the Paris Club Refunds for the payment of the backlogs of 10months salary and pension

arrears of workers and retirees respectively and as well as backlogs of gratuity from 2008 to 2017,advising the leadership of the Labour Unions in the State to stop betraying the trust and confidence the workers repose in them by fighting for the workers and retirees welfare.

Speaking on the purported letter originated from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence‎s Commission (ICPC), claiming by the State government to be directed to the Chairman of the organization, declared that the group or any of its members were yet to receive any letter from the anti-graft agency (ICPC), not to talk of contents therein.

Comrade Sulaiman stated that only Aregbesola who was looking for way to distract the attention of the good people of Osun State from monitoring the utilization of the second phase of Paris Club Refunds, was in custody of such letter, challenging the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence‎s Commission (ICPC), if truly delivered the letter to the Civil group(CSCEOS) to come out with the day,date ,time,hour and the place which the letter was delivered to the either Chairman or any of its member, adding that whenever he received such a letter, the organization would respond appropriately by making the contents and original copy of the letter available to the public.

Speaking further on the recent released of the State debt burden by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Abuja, it rejected the exaggeration position of the State government, declaring that the debt burden of the State under Rauf Aregbesola led administration was presently between N300billion to N400billion.

CSCEOS insisted that the NIETI reports did not capture the Commercial banks loan which made Aregbesola to raise alarm sometime ago that the State government would not pay workers’ salaries and pension anymore because Commercial banks refused to grant loan to the State government again, advising Mr. Aregbesola to come out clean on the state of total debt of the State, instead of beating around the bush on the subject matter

 

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