Nigeria: Ogun Commences Payment Of State, LG Workers’ Co-operative Funds
Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun
Abeokuta, Nigeria. Jan. 15, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Ogun State Government in South-West, Nigeria on Monday announced it will commence the payment of the last tranche of workers’ co-operative deductions.
This was disclosed on Monday in a statement issued by Mr Adewale Oshinowo, State Commissioner for Finance.
The payment expected to begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 will cover four months for state workers and two months for local government employees
According to a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Adewale Oshinowo, the state government had pledged to prioritize workers’ entitlements once the finances of the state improved. “As you well know, the Ibikunle Amosun government is worker-friendly. This informed its decision to increase the salaries of workers which nearly doubled the monthly wage bill in the state. It is a testament to the value this government places on its workforce that it pays the highest salaries to workers in the entire federation,” Oshinowo said.
The Commissioner recalled that when the state government received the Paris Club Refund, it expended the entire sum on workers’ entitlements.
Oshinowo, who described the Civil Service as the engine room of government, solicited its unwavering co-operation in the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State, noting that the improvement in the Internally Generated Revenue, which has now put the state in a better position to offset part of the deductions, was a product of such co-operation.
He said government would clear the balance of the deductions in due course. “While we will not abdicate our responsibility to the overwhelming majority of indigenes who are not in the public sector, we will continue to oil the engine of government for smooth operation and enhanced efficiency,” the statement concluded.