The 30 local governments in Osun state have received their full
allocation for the month of July but the Adegboyega Oyetola
administration is accused of forcing each of the councils to pay the
state N5 million.
Sources close to the matter informed SaharaReporters that they were
still being urged to credit the state account in order for the state
government to pay salaries, however.
One source alleged state officials of saying, “return it back, return
it back” referring to the allocation.
“We have started receiving autonomy,” another source told
SaharaReporters. “We were made to return so much to the state. We were
asked to return N5 million as salary for OYES. That is the Osun Youth
Empowerment Scheme Cadet.”
“In each of the local governments we don’t have the same number of
OYES cadet but we were asked to return N5 million flat (each).”
The source added that each local government was ordered to contribute
to the counterpart funding for the implementation of the federal
government-backed home-school feeding programme.
“If I am paying, you are supposed to be my responsibility. You are
supposed to be answerable to me but those things are directly under
the supervision of the state government.”
A local government official said workers’ salaries for August had yet
to be paid as of the time of filing this report.
Jare Adebisi, who heads the ministry in charge of local government
operations in the absence of a duly inaugurated cabinet, had in a
response to claims that the state habitually paid staff in either the
second or third week of the preceding month, told SaharaReporters that
salaries were paid on either the first or second week.
Adebisi had also denied that the state owed local government
officials, insisting that the state government was paying the salaries
of local government workers.
In August, SaharaReporters reported that the state disbursed funds to
the statutory account of each local government from the joint account
where state and local government monthly allocations are sent to, only
three times between February 2018 and June 2019.