Hope of civil servants in Osun State to receive backlog of their salary arrears appears dimmed as the state government, on Tuesday, demanded the presentation of their primary school certificates for screening before the payment of their salaries.
After collecting the Federal Government bailout by debtor states through the Central Bank of Nigeria, governor Aregbesola now talks tough and wants the teachers to pay for stampeding his government during the days they demanded for pay, according to an Osun resident.
Tribune Online learnt that screening forms were given out to some of the civil servants, on Tuesday, with specific instruction to attach photocopies of their primary school certificates to the forms.
The development followed the decision of the state government to organise another screening exercise to determine the actual number of the state workforce, which is now to be handled by a consultant.
One of the top civil servants, who pleaded anonymity, informed Tribune Online that a bulletin on the presentation of primary school certificates by workers would be out on Wednesday to inform civil servants about the development.
Efforts to get the reaction of the director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy to the governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, on the issue proved abortive as calls put through to his phone were not answered and a text message sent to him was not replied.