The secretary of Kwara State chapter of the Labour Party, Comrade AbdulMumini Onagun has called on the state government to use the Paris fund refund to clear backlogs of Salaries in the state instead of using it to fund projects.
Onagun who is also the former vice chairman of the state chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) noted that that government should embarked upon stomach infrastructure with the fund to revitalise the economy of the state.
He said the argument that the money was budgeted for should not pose any constitutional issue and called on the government to send supremacy budget to the national assembly on the issue.
He said: “I want to appeal to the government to please consider stomach infrastructural on the issue if the Paris loan refund because there is different between that and infrastructural development.
“The Paris fun should be used to clear salaries of all the affected workers in the local government, colleges of education, Kwara State Colleges of Arabic and Legal Studies (CAILS), Primary school teachers, ex-councillors, political offices holders, parietals and agencies among others.
“The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communication, Alhaji Muideen Akorede has been saying that the money was budgeted for in the 2017 budget but in that case there should be supplementary budget and I strongly called on the governor to please send a letter to the House of Assembly to that effect.
“When the money is paid, it will eventually be ploughed back to the economy. Anything that will make the government not to pay full two months will not be meaningfully. This is very important moreso, in about two week’s time, we will be celebrating Eid-el-Kabir”
He added that government should demonstrate the talk that it feels the pinch of the workers physically by paying the backlogs especially now that 2019 is around the corner.
Onagun said if we take the views of Kwarans on the issue, more than 80% will go for payment of salaries and stomach infrastructure adding that “I strongly believe that emergency problem deserves emergency solutions which should necessitate the urgent letter to the legislature for urgent and immediate action.
He also called on the governor to consider the leaders of the unions that met him on the issue.