By Kola Olabisi
Former Chairman of Appropriation Committee in the senate, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, has reiterated his concern and empathy for civil servants, public servants and pensioners across the length and breadth of Osun State.
Senator Omisore in a chat in his Ile-Ife country-home on Wednesday disclosed that one of the main reasons for the coalition of his former party, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the All Progressives Party (APC) was to ensure that the welfare of the civil servants and pensioners alike, is topmost in the priority of the state government.
He said it was never true that he mortgaged or compromised the interest of the state workers and pensioners.
The Ile-Ife-born politician hinted that the APC administration in the state admitted and incorporated the blueprint of the SDP expressly containing the priority of welfare of the civil servants and retirees alike.
Omisore disclosed further that it was the APC that accepted to honour the content of the blueprint of his former party where unambiguous emphasy was placed on the welfare of the workers.
He also said he was constantly on the neck of the state governor to address the issue of payment of backlog of salaries to some categories of workers, adding that the state government was trying all possible efforts to pay the backlog of salaries.
Omisore further disclosed that he was convinced that the payment of the accumulated salaries and pension arrears would soon be settled based on his assurance and understanding with the state governor.
He enjoined both serving and retired civil servants and pensioners to shun politicians who are playing politics with the delay in the payment of the salaries.
His words: “I have absolute confidence in the promise of the state governor who is a gentleman to put smiles on the faces of both current and retired civil servants in the state. Governor Gboyega Oyetola will never promise a duty or obligation he wont fulfil”.
Omisore further assured the affected workers that it was a must for the government to offset the debt in line with a portion of the Holy Bible which states that the sweat of a labourer shouldn’t be allowed to get dry.