Mr. Semiu Okanlawon ,the Director, Bureau of Communication & Strategy to the Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that some pensioners who protested a month ago as well as those who protested in the state on Wednesday against the state government must apologise to Governor Aregbesola and the people of Osun state for misinforming them on the Paris Loan Refund.
He said the protesting pensioners had accused the Governor of collecting and diverting the second tranche of the refund when it was just yesterday that the fund was disbursed.
The statement read thus:
“The attention of the Government of Osun has been drawn to another in the series of protests by a group of pensioners who have filed out again today Wednesday July 19, 2017 for reasons best known to them.
“It is interesting to note that about a month ago, this same set of pensioners accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of collecting and diverting the second tranche of Paris loan refund, which they claimed had been released to Osun State by the federal government.
“As they have come out today, they have a duty to actually apologise not only to Aregbesola’s government, but also to the good people of Osun State for misinforming, confusing and creating tension in the state through their false claim that the governor had received the second tranche of Paris loan refund about a month ago”.
“Like we have said, Osun State government, with it’s commitment to transparency under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement yesterday (Tuesday) to confirm the receipt of N6.314billion as the second tranche of Paris loan refund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“The money was paid into the account of the state government on Monday and we duly made the announcement yesterday, informing the public that Osun has got the second tranche of Paris loan refund.
“In line with our government’s promise to utilise the resources of this state in the best interest of our people, we hereby restate our commitment to this promise as we begin shortly transparent deployment on our commitments to the concerned stakeholders.”