The State Pastor of the Living Faith Church, also known as the Winners’ Chapel, Osogbo, Olumuyiwa Emmanuel, on Sunday made a passionate appeal to members of the church to start bringing foodstuffs and money to assist members (workers) who are civil servants that have not been paid their salaries in the last seven months.
The cleric made the appeal to the congregation in his sermon during the first service held at the church in Osogbo.
Emmanuel said that the church had observed that the salary issue was affecting some members of the church who were civil servants and had decided to make the call to offer them succour.
He said, “There are people among us who are civil servants and who have not been paid for about seven months. These people need our help especially at this time.
“Whatever you have, begin to bring them to the church from tomorrow. Bring foodstuffs and money. We must be our brothers’ keepers. Don’t bring clothes; this is not the time for that.
“There are people who slept on an empty stomach last night and we must not pretend that we don’t know. Bring foodstuff and money; they will be distributed to those of them who need it next Sunday.
“We are going to reach out to them effectively and maximally because nobody must suffer in our midst.”
The pastor said that there were some families where the husbands and the wives were civil servants, saying the effect of the unpaid salaries was being felt more in such homes.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola has callously failed to pay salary arrears of over 8months due to civil servants in Osun Statw,Nigeria insisting that it was the after effect if dwindling Federal allocations. Many observers have however faulted this position as there are many states in Nigeria who despite the dwindling Federal allocation due to the sudden crash in oil prices, have continued to priotize the payment of workers salaries. The Governor has been called out in several quarters for priotizing paying state contractors,many of whom are his friends and family, and paying aides and inhouse staff, having a budget of 18b Naira as budget for the State House and yet starving civil servants in the state on the premise of non availability of funds.
Several sources believe that Ogbeni Rauf and the crises of non payment of workers salaries is closely linked with the heavy funding of the recent electoral campaign in Nigeria. It is very unfortunate that the Governor who is known for his socialist/welfarist style of governance has supervised the extreme suffering of a large portion of the populace of his state through this insensitive and cruel action. It is also good to note that under Aregbesola, Osun State has a worrisome debt burden