Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has approved the payment of the third installment of the half-salary debt owed to state workers, along with their July salaries, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed.
The decision to make this payment aligns with Governor Adeleke’s commitment to clear salary debts in the state’s public service. The current payment marks the third time that the Adeleke-led government has fulfilled its promise to pay off the half-salary debt based on a quarterly payment schedule established earlier in the year.
Previous installments for the first and second quarters have already been disbursed to the workers, and now the third quarter’s installment will be included in their July salaries.
During the election campaign, Governor Adeleke had pledged to address the salary debt in incremental payments. His administration inherited a significant debt of approximately 26 billion naira in half-salary dues and around 50 billion naira in pension-related liabilities from the previous government.
Mr. Rasheed quoted Governor Adeleke, reaffirming his commitment to faithfully implement the agreed template for the repayment of the inherited salary debt. This template had been developed in consensus with all stakeholders to solve the lingering half-salary issue.
The Governor emphasized that despite the challenging financial situation, the government is prioritizing the welfare of the workers by steadily settling the inherited debt through installments. He assured the people of Osun that the payment is progressing as planned, and the government remains steadfast in its focus on human development while also working to improve infrastructure and boost the local economy.
“I want to assure Osun workers that the payment is progressing as scheduled. Despite the tight fiscal situation, we are prioritizing workers welfare by paying the inherited debt on an installment basis.
“As a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we will remain focussed on human development even as we work to upgrade our infrastructure and develop our local economy,” the spokesperson quoted Governor Adeleke as saying.