Reports have it that Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state would pay all outstanding salaries and pensions owed workers and pensioners by April 2018.

But that is if we want to believe the words of the pioneer president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu.

Sunmonu said this as a discussant at an event organised by the Oranmiyan group in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of Governor Aregbesola in office.

Sunmonu had been mediating between the government and workers since the state failed to pay workers and pensioners their salary in full.

But considering he is not an official of the Aregbesola government, cautious optimism is advised.

The former NLC boss urged the workers to pray God makes the payment possible and also advised those eligible to pay tax to do so.

“When there was money, the State Governor paid even the 13th month out of his own money, it wasn’t negotiated by anybody, the Governor just felt it was right.

“It was when money stopped coming from the Federal Government the Governor had to pay the half salaries of some levels but be rest assured that he will pay the outstanding salaries and pensions by April 2018.

“Let’s pray God makes it easy and let’s pay our taxes. By April 2018, the State Government will not owe anybody again.”

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