Osun APC urges Buhari to bail out states owing salaries
All Progressives Congress [APC} in Osun state has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give consideration to bailing out indebted state governments to enable them pay salaries to their workers.
The party said rendering assistance to the states became more imperative in view of dwindling nation’s resources, which had incapacitated many states in the federation.
Addressing party members and journalists at the party secretariat in Osogbo on the parlous financial situation in the state, chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun noted that it would not be out of order if the central government heeded the clarion call in the interest of political stability and survival of democracy
His words,’ “We strongly feel there is need for the federal government intervention on the issue of inability of states to pay salaries. If insolvent banks could be bailed out to the tune of about four trillions recently by the authorities, considering bailout for states at this period of our democracy may not be out of order since the life of several millions of Nigerians are affected’’.
The APC chief who gave detailed account of how Osun found itself in a web of financial difficult blamed the trend on the serious shortfall in federal allocation accrued to the states in the past two years.
He urged workers in the state to exercise a little more patients to enable the state government proffer solution to the wages crisis as promised by the governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Famoodun also assured workers that the harsh economic reality would not compel retrenchment of workers in the state adding that instead the government would work towards improving workers’ welfare.
He explained that the delay in payment of salaries of workers in the State was caused by 80 per cent drop in federal revenue allocation to the state due to alleged mismanagement of the nation’s economic resources by the ousted Peoples Democratic Party led federal government in the last sixteen years.
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