Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State recently, promised to champion a way out of the state’s inability to pay salaries owed workers in the state for months.
He made the statement while addressing the public on issues and challenges facing Osun state at #MondayTango, a social media hangout organized by a non-governmental body, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA Resource Centre.
However, Aregbesola disagreed with critics who believed the state’s insolvency was as a result of social or physical infrastructure projects embarked upon by his administration.
He said that the state is streamlining obligations and ramping up revenue and investments, confirming that the state currently owes State workers 6 months salaries and 4 Month to Local Government Workers and Primary School Teachers.
“We take responsibility and are working our way out of this unfortunate quagmire. At the core of this is the National problem of Big Government. These challenges weren’t caused by our social or physical infrastructure project. Osun needs these, if its ever to be independent.
“The unforeseen crash in revenue of 2013 and 2014 led to the situation. The size of government should reduce. A situation where wages take at least 70% of revenue is worrisome. ” Ogbeni Aregbesola said.