It has been reported that Civil servants in Ogun State have cried out to the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, to pay their salary deductions, saying “we are dying.”
The Ogun State Salary Earners’ Co-operative Thrift and Credit Union Limited alleged that Governor Abiodun had refused to pay their 17 months outstanding co-operative deductions.
Monthly, workers who are members of the Ogun State Salary Earners’ Co-operative Thrift and Credit Union Limited, save a percentage of their salaries with the union. Sneh media reports that the money is to be deducted by the state government and paid to the union on behalf of the workers.
However, the union observed that 17 months of the deductions were not remitted by the State Government, making it difficult for workers to access their voluntary savings and to obtain loans.
The cooperative union, in a statement jointly signed by its President, Bodude Tanimola and the General Manager, Sunday Ajayi, appealed to the Governor to stop the unwarranted deaths caused by the non-payment of their entitlements.
The union lamented that many members are unable to fund their children’s education making them drop out of school. According to the union, the unremitted deductions of the cooperative by the state had run into billions of Naira. The union leaders stressed that many letters written to Gov Abiodun, the Head of Service and others were ignored.
The statement read in part: “There is the inability of our members to take care of their immediate and extended family’s welfare. There is also the inability to give out loans to our co-operative members.
“We appeal to the Executive Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to look into the 17 months Co-operative deductions outstanding owed our members, to reduce the number of deaths recorded among our members.”
Governor Abiodun has on many occasions promised to make the welfare of workers’ a priority. During the 2021 Workers Day celebration at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, the Governor promised to clear the deductions but the union said nothing has been done since then.
According to the union, Governor Abiodun inherited zero unremitted cooperative deductions but has since championed owing 17 months since he assumed office in 2019. Abiodun was accused of paying lip service to the full payment of workers’ salaries