Adeleke releases N2.9bn bond to retirees, gets workers’ most humane governor award 

Osun state governor, Ademola Adeleke, Thursday, presented bonds of N2.9 billion to retirees in the state.

The presentation climaxed with the conferment of ‘most humane governor award’ by the civil servants led by the Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council, Lasun Oladele.

The Head of Service, Ayanleye Aina, said the fulfilment of campaign promises like offset of half salary arrears; appointment of a permanent secretary in replacement of coordinating directors; release of funds for officers to embark on professional training; regular payment of salaries; among others, necessitated the award.

He said, “Recently, you graciously approved the payment of N15,000 palliative to each worker and N10,000 to each retiree beginning from this month to cushion the effect of petroleum subsidy removal.” 

In his speech, Governor Adeleke assured the Osun people of the sustained pursuit of the progress of the state, saying he would continue to give priority to the welfare of workers in the state.

He said, “Some months ago, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners conferred on me the award of the most workers’ friendly governor. I was told that was the first time the union would grant such honor to a serving governor. Here we are today again with the entire workforce of the public service acknowledging our modest contributions to the development of our dear state.

“The positive testimonies from the various unions and labor leaders attested to the correctness of our original thinking when running for the state governorship. We had analyzed the political space and concluded then that the smartest way to grow Osun is workers’ welfare. We accept and adopt the reality that human capital is a strong foundation for the integrated development of the state.

“We had also spotted the nexus between formal and informal workers in the state. Easing the challenges of public service tends to uplift the economic well-being of the informal sector. These analyses were responsible for placing workers’ welfare as the number one priority in our governance agenda.

“We are vindicated today as the workforce has validated our approach to governance. This vindication has challenged our team to remain focused and engaged in our relentless drive for a new life for our people. I long to expand our capacity to meet the needs of the people and to deploy human development as a tool for societal transformation.  

“It is in this direction that I have further approved the release of another tranche of bonds totaling N2,925,332,835.75.  N1,300,000,000.00 for state retirees; N1,625,332,835,75 for LG/Primary school retirees,” Adeleke said.