The Governor of the western Nigerian state of Osun has promised to pay the balance of the modulated salaries of its workers as soon as the economy improves.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola said this at a colloquium organized to celebrate his 60th birthday by friends and associates.
The colloquium themed: Raufnomics in the Transformation of Osun was designed to assess and evaluate Aregbesola’s leadership and his administration’s economic policies in the last six years.
Voice of Nigeria reports that at present, while workers on grade levels 1-8 receive full salaries, levels 9 to 12 receive 75 percent and levels 13 and above receive 50 percent of their salaries.
The Governor described the workers as the heroes of his administration without which all his achievements would have been impossible.
“Osun workers and their leaders are indeed great. They stood and still stand by the administration in its most trying period. Without their unparalleled sacrifices, patience, perseverance and above all, understanding, there wouldn’t have been any meaningful development.
I salute the courage of the Osun State workers, they are the true heroes of my administration. As soon as the economic condition improves, we shall settle all the arrears and make increases,” he said.
Discussing the colloquium lecture, the lead Speaker and President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud said to succeed, every leader must possess among other qualities, honesty, humility, a forgiving spirit, confidence and commitment to the cause of the people.
The NBA President listed the newly constructed school buildings, road construction networks, innovative e-learning tablet (Opon Imo) and various welfare intervention programmes as what stands Aregbesola out among his peers.
”Aregbesola has demonstrated what it takes to be called a hero by his sterling performance. I commend him for obviously raising the bar of governance in the country today. I have been to Osun and I have seen the phenomenal performance. “
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole remarked that Governor Aregbesola had done well in all aspects of human life.
“When I went round some of the ultra-modern schools built by Aregbesola’s administration, in fact I was very amazed because I couldn’t believe that a government could be so passionate about education with such an investment. .
With the achievements recorded in education, there is no doubt that you are wiping off ignorance, poverty, unemployment and other societal vices in our state and Nigeria as a whole. You are representing the future of this country as you have brought a drastic change to governance.”
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, remarked that Aregbesola’s passion for development could not be measured. He described him as ‘a virtuous man to the core, an Omoluabi par excellence and a man of peace.’
“Aregbesola is a man whose passion for development can never be measured. He was the one God used to install me as the Ooni of Ife and to the glory of God our relationship has been cordial.
In a remark, the Alaafin of Oyo proclaimed Aregbesola as, the Foremost Omoluabi of Yorubaland.
“He bagged this title through his commitment to human development. He is a perfect example of all the characteristics of a virtuous being. He is hardworking, humble and respectful.
It is therefore obvious even to the blind that Aregbesola has really transformed Osun and has improved the general well being of his people.”
Among other notable guests at the occasion were the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande;Senator Sola Adeyeye, Senator Babajide Omoworare and James Faleke who represented the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.