By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
The All Progressives Congressman (APC), in Ogun State on Tuesday demanded that the outgoing governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, should pay interest on the deductions from the backlog of workers salaries and allowances which he is “reportedly paying”.
The party, in a statement issued in Abeokuta and signed by its Caretaker Committee’s Publicity Secretary, Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye, said Amosun has done nothing special to the state workers, “if truly he is repaying the illegal deductions”.
He said if the Governor had paid the deductions in time, he would have averted deaths of workers who died as a result of non-payment of the deductions.
The statement reads in part: “Amosun should bury his head in shame. He has not done any special favour to the workers. He should have paid the workers with the interests on their money he used as fixed deposits with leading commercial banks for years thereby reaping billions of naira in interest.
“Or where did Amosun suddenly get the money when there is no excess crude oil payment, Paris Club refund or bailout by the FG.
“If Amosun had given these funds to the owners as at when due, instead of trading with them, many lost lives would have been saved,many families would not have been broken and many who developed high blood pleasure and related diseases would have been saved from such ailments.
“Amosun should not forget to pay the outstanding salaries of tertiary institutions and local government deductions”.