Following the threat by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to declare strikes in states where the governors have failed to pay their workers’ salaries, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has begged labour leadership and workers to show understanding with the state government.
The Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration owes the state workers about four months salaries which it attributes to the decline of funds from the Federation Accounts.
In a statement it issued yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital through its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said that the solution to the current economic crisis in the state would end less than 60 days.
The party said the incoming APC-led Federal Government had given assurances that it would look into the federal allocation to the states with a view to reducing the backlog of salaries.
Oyatomi said that before then whatever the state government receives would be used to ease the workers’ plight.
He said: “The long and difficult battle to defeat the forces of evil that have squandered the nation’s wealth has just ‎been won comprehensively. This has now paved the way for a new, progressive and responsible APC government to take over the affairs of the country and end the suffering which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP corruption, mismanagement and treasury looting have brought on Nigerians, including workers in Osun State.
“This is a pleasant transition moment that requires sober, intelligent and calculating responses from all stakeholders in Osun, so that we do not turn victory into sorrow by engaging in actions that will create more problems than solutions.
“Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari (President-elect) has promised to solve this problem, it is our duty to exercise patience and trust the integrity of the President-elect to deliver on his promise,” the APC said, and advised the NLC and the civil servants to “give the new leader a breathing space to demonstrate his integrity and progressive credentials, which is not in dispute, except in the evil consciousness of the PDP leadership in the state.”
The APC admitted that it is stressful, to celebrate in a situation of crisis, but also posited that “to create further crisis within a crisis is not the wisest thing to do.”
According to the party, the stage is already set for a solution, and dialogue would best address the details of effecting that solution, not strike or demonstration or violence.
It therefore called on all stakeholders in the crisis to give peace a chance so that Osun will return to the glorious days when the Aregbesola-led APC government paid salaries promptly and effected development on a scale never seen in the state.

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