Activist wants Buhari to take over payment of Osun workers


Eromosele Ebhomele
President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, on Thursday called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to rescue Osun State in the western part of Nigeria, particularly the workers and retirees.
Sulaiman asked Buhari to rescue workers and pensioners in the state from the hands of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, by taking over the payment of salaries and pension in the state saying that indications had emerged that Aregbesola was unable to continue to perform the simple function of payment of salary as the state governor since the state was not economically viable.
Comrade Sulaiman said he supported his argument with the recent simple agreement between the state government and the workers, through the labour unions, that two months out of the backlogs of seven months salaries would be paid as part of efforts to make the striking workers return to work.
He said the state government’s position was a “prophesy” that it would be difficult for the state government to pay its workforce and retirees for the half of the year of 2015.
Speaking as a guest speaker at one-day summit, orgainsed by the Osun Stakeholders Group in Ile-Ife, the rights activist maintained that Osun State had become bankrupt and a failed state under Aregbesola, urging the opposition “to team up together to rescue the state from the hands of present tormentors led by Aregbesola.”
“I will like to call on President and Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces, Muhmmadu Buhari (rtd) and his led Federal Government to take over the payment of salaries of teachers, civil servants, local government staff and pension due to retirees in the state, because indications have shown that Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola cannot perform the least function of payment of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper