Osogbo: Public-sector workers in Nigeria’s Osun State were understandably bemused when the state government offered to pay them just one month’s salary for the seven months they are owed.
In news that won’t surprise many, the civil servants rejected the proposed deal, demanding that the full amount owed be paid instead. Employee Olusegun Olaniyi said it would be “very funny for the government to expect the workers to be happy with the one-month salary.” Osun Governor Rauf Aregbesola had earlier promised the workers that they would receive their wages by the end of June; however, the statement made by his media aide excluded the crucial details on how many months of wages would be paid. Civil servants in the state have been on strike since May 26 in protest of the lack of salary, and with the latest pathetic offer it’s likely this strike will continue for the immediate future.
One worker, Ronke Adekola, summed up the attitude of most of the unpaid employees “It would have been better if the government did not pay at all than to pay one month.” If you’re after more details on this story, Businessday’s article has the full scoop.