No Diversion of Bailout Loan in Osun, Says Govt 

By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun  State government  on Sunday contendedd that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) did not indict it for the application of the N34.988bn bailout funds it got last year.

In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, it said the fact that the ICPC claimed it was investigating claims that workers in the state received their last salaries in July 2015 was enough for workers in Osun and those who have been monitoring developments in the state to conclude that the allegation could not have been true.

Okanlawan said: “This is because after the payment of seven months backlog of salaries last year, the government had proceeded to pay salaries on the agreed terms with workers. And this is why Osun has been able to pay its workers till January this year.

“There is no case of diversion of bailout loan as far as Osun is concerned. The state was able to accommodate pensioners in the bailout loans application when in actual fact pensioners were not part of the bailout scheme. But this was agreed upon by both government and workers.

“Don’t forget also that the bailout was to take care of salaries backlog up till June last year. The report that Osun paid salaries last in July 2015 is laughable.”