There will be governorship election in Osun State on September 22, and workers and retirees can now walk boldly to the poling units to cast their votes.

This is because Osun Government has released N19.8‎ billion for the settlement of salary and pension arrears owed all categories of workers in the state.

Mr Bola Oyebamiji, the state Commissioner for Finance, announced this at a news conference on Thursday in Osogbo.

Oyebamiji said the Governor gave the directive following consultations with labour leaders.

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He explained that the money would be used for the payment of August salaries, backlog of the salaries and pensions for September to December 2015‎, in addition to leave bonuses.

The commissioner said that part of the amount was the N16.6 billion Paris Club refund received from the Federal Government while the additional N3 billion came from other sources.

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