Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has promised the civil servants in the state to pay their salaries in full.
The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji, who disclosed this during a meeting with staff of the ministry on Friday in Osogbo, the State capital, however, said that the payment of the full salaries would be determined by the available resources.
The government workers have been receiving half salaries since July 2015. Workers on Grade Levels 1 to 7, were being paid full salaries, levels 8 to 10 received 75 per cent, while levels 12 upwards collected 50 per cent of their salaries.
The commissioner said that the December 2017 full salary paid to civil servants on January 10, was a reflection of government’s determination and commitment to pay the accumulated salaries when the economy improves, adding that the government used 91 per cent of the third tranche of the Paris Club refund to pay the December salaries.
Oyebamiji, therefore urged workers to work together with the state to generate more revenue, saying the allocation from the federal government was not enough to pay salaries.
He said, “We must generate revenue for the state. We just paid full salary and the full salary was not paid from the allocation from the Federal Government. We therefore must work hard to generate more revenue for the state.
“It will be a cheat if you workers are paying your taxes as being deducted at source and you do not tell your neighbours who are operating hospitals or private schools to pay.
“I want to appeal to you to go out and work so that the government will be able to continue paying the salaries as at when due.
“Sustainability of the business of the government should be our target. It is my wish that we all work together to enable the government function well.”