In a press statement signed by the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Dr. Bayo Faforiji, the SDP accused the Aregbesola-led administration of turning workers in the state into a bunch of pitiable citizens. According to the statement, the once productive workforce has been rendered redundant due to mal-administration.
This is the statement made available to reporters: “Despite the political gimmick employed by the APC-led administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to pay active workers their full entitlements only in July, to further lure them into voting wrongly for APC, the labour leadership under the auspices of Osun State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council has declared a 3-day warning strike, beginning from Wednesday, August 29 to press home their demands. It is indeed alarming, worrisome and unspeakable that workers, pensioners and retirees could be molested, intimidated and reduced to beggars in the name of “modulated salaries” incorporated by Aregbesola’s government.
“The workers, who have been battling with the situation since 2015, are now prepared to engage the current administration in an imminent showdown, should the government fails to respond positively to their demands. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun state, feels the agony of workers, not only as humans but also as the biblical Noah’s ark, in this current era of APC’s sinking ship. As stakeholders in the project of an egalitarian society, with inalienable rights of all citizens to get paid for jobs done or services rendered, the workers must not be left alone in their present travails from the APC.
“The only consolation for us is the opportunity for change of leadership at the helm of affairs by the September 22nd governorship election in Osun state. Workers’ situation in Osun state, though pathetic, must not lead to despair but an eye-opener to vote a trusted hand, who is the SDP gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Dr. Iyiola Omisore, as governor.”