By Kayode Adeoti
Songs of appreciation heralded the atmosphere on Tuesday at the Irepodun Local Government council, Omu Aran, Kwara State as workers of the council received cash payment of their salary arrears courtesy of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The workers, who cut across various offices and departments in separate telephone interviews with our reporter yesterday, applauded the Senate President for providing the sum of N16.9 million to offset their salary backlog adding that he has once again proven that he is committed to their wellbeing.
In his words, an administrative officer of the council, Kazeem Saliu said, “We’re happy about the payment as we never expected. We pray that God will make him live long and be there for us.
“In this 2019 political journey, he will not fail or fall. He will win with his party so that he can continue his good work to the people of Kwara State. We’ve been having political fathers in the state but the Senate President is different.”
In the same vein, Azeez Adekunle of Works Department also said the payment was not expected.
“We never expected it because. If the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki had not come to our aid, there is nothing we can do. We never forced him but he did it on his own will, we are grateful for the gesture and we will remain indebted to him,” he said.
On his part, another employee of the council, Kunle Fakayode stated that the money will further improve their well-being and also reawaken their likeness for Saraki who he referenced as their political father.
He said, “We received cash payment which saved us from the hurdle of going to the bank to queue for hours. What Saraki did to us in Irepodun has again reawakened our likeness for him. His gesture is beyond politics.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the council, Muyiwa Oladipupo while appreciating the Senate President for alleviating the plight of the workers attributed the accumulated backlog to sudden drop in federal allocation to the state saying the state government is trying to salvage the situation.