After years of owing salaries and paying half salaries of state workers and pensioners, the Osun state government wants to pay all its debt.

The governor, on Tuesday, authorised the release of the sum of 19.801 Naira for gradual disbursement as salaries and other entitlements owed to state workers and pensioners.

The state's Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, said the release of the fund was a show of the government's commitment to workers despite owing them for months while also receiving only half of their pay.

The directive comes just days after reports emerged that the Federal Government paid the state 16.6 billion Naira as part of the Paris Club refund.

But this payment coming just 11 days to the September 22 governorship election leaves much to be desired.

Governor Aregbesola is wrapping up his second term as governor but is desperate to see his candidate, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) voted for at the polls.

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Can this be another way of buying votes, even though this is the people’s rights being finally handed to them?

The statement reads: "In line with its agenda and fulfilment of its promise to the state workers regarding prioritisation of their welfare above others, the government of the State of Osun has commenced payment of full salary and arrears in line with available resources.

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"This decision was taken at the meeting of the Fund Apportionment Committee led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu with labour and government representatives in attendance.

"In line with labour unions' demands and current financial position of the state, government of the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has authorised payment of four (4) months salary arrears and 2016 leave bonus to its workers.

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"Also, Mr Governor has directed that going-forward, workers in the state should be paid their full salary as and when due to demonstrate his commitment to his earlier promises.

"With this, Government of the State of Osun has commenced gradual disbursement of Nineteen Billion, Eight Hundred and One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-One Naira, Twenty-Two Kobo (19,801,328,271.22) as salaries and other entitlements to its workers".

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