Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:31 pm
The Ogun State government, led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun has paid the December salaries of all civil servants in the State, in addition with a bonus of 10 per cent.
Findings from many civil servants Wednesday by our correspondent revealed that most of the workers have gotten alerts from their banks, while many have gone to make withdrawals from their bank accounts to celebrate the new year festival.
The State’s monthly wage bill, including subventions and pensions,according to the State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun is put at N6.2billion.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG),Taiwo Adeoluwa said yesterday that the junior workers in the State were paid before Christmas festival.
Adeoluwa stated that at the close of work yesterday, (Tuesday), the salaries were released to the workers’ banks, for onward disbursement into their respective accounts.
The SSG disclosed that if the governor had not taken the initiative to jack up the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State from the paltry N730 milliion monthly he inherited in 2011 to between N4.5 billion to N6.2 billion monthly,things would have gone bad.
According to him, “the Ibikunle Amosun – led administration believed in the philosophy that a labourer’s wage should be paid before his sweat dries up. The financial stress we are experiencing in the country has engendered the slight delay in payment of workers,”Adeoluwa said.
Some of the workers who spoke with our correspondent this morning confirmed that they have been receiving alerts since late last night while some said they have been to their banks to cash their money.
“We are just coming from our banks now. Some of us are using Fidelity Bank,some Skye,First Bank and GTB. For me and my colleagues here ,we have received alerts and as I am speaking with you,I’m already at the ATM side to cash my money. I don’t have any other thing to say more than that,”a driver attached to the Office of the Chief of Staff said.
Governments of Ogun and Lagos States are the only States in the federation that paid their workers December salaries together with bonuses.