Osun Pensioners Demand Public Display Of LG Finances
Pensioners in Osun state want the state government to make the financial position of the local governments in the state public.
This is obviously because they do not trust their government.
They believe the state government has been tampering with the statutory allocations of local government in the state, contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The spokesperson for the forum of Local Government Retirees in Osun state, Lanre Fadahunsi, addressed newsmen on Thursday in Osogbo.
He alleged that with the monthly allocations going to local governments in the state, workers and pensioners have no reason to be collecting half salaries.
The state’s inability to pay full salary can only be because of constant dipping into LG funds to augment the already depleted purse of the state.
"By February of 2016, total allocation to Osun state was 2.422billion Naira leaving just only 6.23million Naira after deduction of the various debts of the state."
"The 30 LGAs in the state constantly receive well over 2 billion naira in all instances but the core values and traits of the local government system has been eroded."
The Forum of Local Government Retiree also accused banks involved in the payment of pensions of abnormally making life difficult for the pensioners in the state.
They have asked the bureau of local government administration to facilitate the payment of the full one-year pension arears owed them.