Osun State Governor Seeks Support From African Neighbors Against B’Haram

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has called on security agencies in all African countries to rally round their Nigerian counterparts to win the war against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Aregbesola said this in Osogbo on Thursday at the May Day celebration.

He said, “ Whether they  like it or not, we will rescue our children and they (Boko Haram) will die in ignominy. It is disheartening to know that some people are engaged in killing and maiming. There is no justification for all what they are doing. Shame on you Boko Haram!

“I call on security agencies all over Africa to rally round security agents in Nigeria to put an end to this criminality.”

The governor lauded the workers for the support they had given to his administration. He said that he would continue to ensure that they were not denied their entitlements.

Aregbesola lamented the 40 per cent reduction in the fund accruing to the state from the Federation Allocation, saying the reduction had an irregular payment and contributed to the delay in the payment of salaries of workers.

He, however, said that none of the workers would be sacked nor have their salaries cut despite the meager resources available.

The governor explained that the administration   had been struggling to pay salaries on the 22nd of every month up till December 2013 but explained that delay in allocation had caused  the delay in the payment of workers salaries.

He said, “ Forty per cent drop in allocation is a huge one. Salaries are delayed not because we are interested in tormenting anybody. But we are going to pay your full salaries.”

He also debunked the claim that the administration  was planning to sack workers, saying he had no plans to sack any worker.

The governor stated that the former Head of Service, Mr. Segun Akinwusi,  who told the people that the government wanted to retrench some workers, was not being truthful.

He expressed disappointment at the claim of the ex-HOS, who he said, he was under pressure to sack when he came into power in 2010.

Aregebsola stated that he kept Akinwusi to prove to the workers that he was not vindictive, but he was being paid back with lies from him.

The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in the state, Mr. Francis Adetunji, commended the governor in his speech and condemned the insecurity in the country.

He called on the FG to find a permanent solution to the insecurity in the country.