Ogun State Government has directed that, the last tranche of the Paris Club Refund recently released by the Federal Government to the State, be used to offset backlog of co-operative deductions, gratuity, severance, furniture allowances of its workforce and provide social services to the people of the State.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo, who made this known while briefing the press at the Governor’s Office Press Centre, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, on how government plans to disburse its share of the refund of the N17.5 billion, said, a larger percentage would be dedicated to workers’ welfare, while the balance would be used for provision of social services.
Oshinowo expressed optimism that the payment would go a long way in boosting the morale and enhance productivity of workers in the State, saying, “civil service remained the engine room of Government”.
The commissioner recalled that, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration’s decision to increase the salaries of workers in 2012, which consequently doubled the monthly wage bill, was a testament to the value government places on its workforce.
“The present administration is workers- friendly and has been consistent in paying their salaries as and when due. Government will continue to offset all outstanding staff related expenses as soon as more funds are available”, Oshinowo submitted.
Speaking at the occasion on behalf of workers, the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) Mr. Abiodun Olakanmi, appreciated the State government for dedicating large sum of the fund to workers’ welfare, pleading that issues relating to workers’ promotion should be looked into.