Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun state, says he is not happy paying half salary to civil servants and political appointees in the state.
Adelani Baderinwa, the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, said this in Osogbo, the state capital.
Baderinwa quoted the governor as saying this when the federal government team on digital switchover visited him.
He said no reasonable person or government will be happy not performing its required responsibility.
“Economic downturn induced by brazen corruption, wanton theft of crude oil and mismanagement of the country’s resources by the last administration forced the state to what it was witnessing today,” he reportedly said.
“We are not happy paying modulated salary to our workers in the civil service and political appointees. We
are compelled by financial reality.
“Contrary to the lies around, it is not all our workers that receive half salary.
“Workers on levels 1-7, being the most vulnerable and the largest chunk of the workforce are being paid full salary.
“Workers on levels 8-10 receive 75 percent of their salary, while levels 12 upward collect 50 percent of their salary.
“The workers have shown maturity, support and understanding. We acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices and support of the workers.”
Aregbesola, however, said the financial burden on the government was incurred to provide infrastructure and develop the state.