Ogun State government on Tuesday stated that it had paid December salary to its workers throughout the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said at a press conference in Abeokuta that the disclosure became imperative to counter the claim of the Chairman Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in the state, Mr. Abiodun Olakanmi, that December salaries had not been paid.
The JNC chairman, earlier in the day on a radio programme, alleged that civil servants in the sate had not received their December salaries.
Adeoluwa said: “I am happy to tell you that December salary of all workers in Ogun State has been paid today.
“I am equally happy to announce to our workers that additional 10 per cent bonus has been paid along with the salary. What this means is that our workers will be receiving two alerts.”
Asked whether individual workers had collected the salary, the Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, clarified that collection of the salary depended largely on the banks of the workers.
She further stated that unlike other states that are owing salary for two to four months, Ogun State has been paying over N6 billion to its workforce even in the face of, ‘unprecedented financial challenges.’
The SSG, however, closed the session with a word of commendation to the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for keeping to his promise he made to the workers in 2011 that nothing would endanger their salaries.