By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The group of retirees of 2011/ 2012 under the aegis of Good Governance Support Group (GGSG) of the Osun State branch of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has declared that Governor Rauf Aregbesola still owed the pensioners in the State seven months arrears, and that no fewer than 522 members lost their lives as a result of the non-payment.
According to the statement signed by the group’s Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Gbenga Oyeleke and Comrade Sola Olojede respectively, in reaction to the purported media interview granted by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Jacobs Adekomi, titled: “NLC Affirms Osun Govt. Not Owing Salaries”.
They condemned the stage managed interview of Mr. Adekomi in the electronic media, pointing out that they lost some of their members without enjoying the fruit of their labour due to the insincerity of Adekomi who allegedly signed the unauthorised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State government that allegedly enabled Aregbesola to divert the bailout funds to the State.
“Our attention has been drawn to the purported stage-managed Electronic media interview where the so –called Osun State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour congress (NLC), Mr. Jacobs Adekomi stated that ‘Osun State government not owing workers in the State’. We want to put it on records that Mr. Adekomi of NLC did not have power to speak for the Pensioners in the State as Mr. Rauf Aregbesola is still owing pensioners seven months pension.
“We wish to state here categorically that Mr. Jacob Adekomi is not fit to be a Labour leader in all ramifications and also not sincere with the welfare of the workers, he is leading in the State. Instead of fighting for the interest of the workers which their check-off due are spent by Adekomi, he chose to collude with Mr. Rauf Aregbesola led-State government to plunge the State into the state of quagmire whereby the unborn generations will suffer the consequences”, they alleged.