Political appointees in Osun State are getting paid just 50% of their Salaries; this was revealed by the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji.
Mr. Oyebamiji explained that this practice is congruent with the Modulated Salary Structure introduced by the state government, aimed at dealing with the challenges of irregular payment of salaries within the state.
He adopted structure will enable the state government improve the economy and the welfare of citizens of the state.
Further explaining the practices under the Modulated Salary structure, he said salaries of state government workers from levels one to seven will be paid in full, while workers from levels eight to ten will receive 75% percent of their salaries. Workers from levels 12 to 17 as well all political appointees will receive 50% of their salaries.
This, according to him, has the added advantage of allowing the government pay backlog of salaries owed and to pay salaries when due.
He said specified that the modulated salary scheme was necessitated by the growth in the state government’s wage bill; which grew from N1.1 billion in 2010 to N2.2 billion in 2012 after the federal government canvassed for an increase in minimum wage across the nation. The crash in price of crude oil in October further worsened the backlog of unpaid salary owed by the state.