Senator Ademola Adeleke the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State, has warned Governor Aregbesola, the All Progressive Congress ( APC) and the Federal Government not to politicize the release of 16.6 billion Naira to Osun State by the Federal Government.
Adeleke wondered why Governor Aregbesola who had received several tranches of the Paris Club refunds have been unable to pay Osun workers their salaries and allowances for 36 months .He vowed that any attempt by the State Government to use this latest bailout to fund the APC election campaign would be resisted .
TEXT OF A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE N16.6 BILLION PARIS REFUND CONTROVERSY ADDRESSED BY SENATOR ADEMOLA ADELEKE,THE GOVERNORSHIP FLAGBEARER OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN SEPTEMBER 22 POLLS
Gentlemen of the press,
I welcome you to this urgent press briefing.
You are all aware of the recent announcement of release of N16.6 billion naira ParisClub refund to the Osun state government.The fund is meant for the payment of workers’ salary arrears and pensions and gratuities in the state.
Similar funds running into several billions of naira have been released to Osun state government severally in the past starting with the bail out funds.Yet,Osun state workers and pensioners continue to suffer 34 months of untold hardship.
Let me make it abundantly clear that the criminal diversion of this latest release will be resisted.The government officials who are directly or remotely connected with the application of this new release MUST ensure workers’ salaries, pensions and arrears are paid without further delay.
We warn that any attempt to divert the fund for bogus contractor payments or for any electoral purposes will be resisted by our people.
Every kobo from the refund must go to settlement of outstanding salaries and employment of workers.
If anything contrary is done in the handling of the fund,we will ensure full recovery of the last kobo once our government is voted into office. All those involved in such criminal diversion of the Paris refund or any other funds meant for the welfare of the workers and pensioners will be pursued, arrested and prosecuted.
We urge Osun workers and voters to remain eternally vigilant.
I, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke remain resolute in my commitment to bring succur to the hardworking members of Osun state workforce as well the oppressed masses with the help of God Almighty.
Thank you for listening.
Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke