The civil servants in Osun State have heaved a sigh of relief as hope for better days ahead rises when the state Government and the workers, today Wednesday September 16 unanimously sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, for the payment of salaries and arrears.
Included in the MoU is disbursement of Bailout Loan, which stated that bailout loan be disbursed to cover the payment of outstanding salaries for the months of January to June, 2015 as well as deductions from salaries of September and December 2014 and balance of 2013 and 2014 leave allowances for the State Workers. That in order to ensure sustainability of payment of salaries in the State of Osun, the first disbursement from the bailout loan should cover the payment of outstanding September and December 2014 deductions, balance of January and February Salaries and full payment of March, April and May 2015 Salaries for State Government Workers;
The contents of the MoU read as follow
A. Disbursement of Bailout Loan. (I) That bailout loan be disbursed to cover the payment of outstanding salaries for the months of January to June, 2015 as well as deductions from salaries of September and December 2014 and balance of 2013 and 2014 leave allowances for the State Workers, (II) That in order to ensure sustainability of payment of salaries in the State of Osun, the first disbursement from the bailout loan should cover the payment of outstanding September and December 2014 deductions, balance of January and February Salaries and full payment of March, April and May 2015 Salaries for State Government Workers; (III) That Workers in the employment of Local Governments and Primary school Teachers be paid their first installment out of the bailout loan to cover the payment of balance of March and April, 2015 salaries as well as full payment of May and June, 2015 salaries; (IV) That State Pensioners be paid balance of December, 2014 as well as January, February and March 2015 pensions while their counterparts in the Local Governments and Primary Schools be paid up to June 2015; (V) That payment of II to IV above be effected immediately; (VI) That the second disbursement of payment of State Workers salaries to cover the months of June, 2015 and July, 2015 for the Local Government Workers and Primary School Teachers’ Salaries be paid in October, 2015; (VII) That the second disbursement of payment that will be made in October, 2015 will address the April, 2015 Pension of the State Pensioners; and (VIII) That the outstanding leave allowances for 2013 and 2014 of State Workers be paid from the bailout loan in the Month of November, 2015.
B. Subsequent Payment of Salaries (I) Government and Labour recognized that the current national challenge resulting from dwindling Federation Revenue will continue to affect the payment of Salaries, Pension, etc, and critical expenditures of Government, (II) The Government and Labour agreed that whatsoever is available as net revenues accruing from Federation Accounts and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) will be apportioned in such a way as to take care of Salaries, Pensions and other critical expenditures required to run the machinery of government; (III) The Labour agreed to work with government to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) so as to increase the available revenue to be apportioned towards Salaries, Pensions and other critical expenditures of Government; (IV) That the agreement in B(II) above be experimented for a period of three (3) months in the first instance and be reviewed thereafter in line with financial reality on ground; and (V) That a standing Committee of Labour and Government representative be put in place immediately to ensure transparent implementation of B (II&III) above.
Meanwhile, some Secondary schools students in the State yesterday, match out in hundred to the State secretariat at Oshogbo to protest again a policy in the state that says any student who can not present task clearance of their parents should no allow into school premises.
Speaking on behave of the grieved students, the Head Boy of Osogbo High School 1, Taiwo Oyewole, said the protest was staged to counter the State government decision because most of their parents who were government workers had not been paid for months, adding that it was impossible for them (parents) to pay N4,500 for tax clearance.
Not denying the allegation leveled by the students, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran, when contacted said the directive was given by a body at the Internal Revenue.
Oyeniran said, ” Internal revenue gave the directive, but it is a collective decision. We will talk to them to douse the tension.”