The eight-month salary arrears being owed civil servants in Osun State may have taken its toll on eligible bachelors and spinsters in the state as parents have begun to decline their blessings on government employee suitors who have come to ask for the hands of their daughters in marriage, the Street Journal can now authoritatively report.
Investigation revealed that the financial crisis occasioned by the months of salary arrears has precipitated outright cancellation of wedding dates or indefinite postponement as not a few parents were said not to be comfortable with giving out their daughters’ hands out in marriage to Osun government officials.
One of the affected government employees in the state who begged for anonymity disclosed to our correspondent that his fiance’s parents suddenly called off the wedding already scheduled to take June 6, 2015 citing the financial crisis in the state which they claimed had affected all and sundry. Our source who teaches English in a secondary school in Oshogbo, the state capital, said his case was one out of hundreds.
He lamented that the most affected however, were teachers who were billed to get marry with plans already in advanced stage. According to him, parents of his fiance, who also works in the state Ministry of Education, refused to go ahead with the wedding plan on the premises that the union between the two youngsters would be fraught with financial crisis if allowed to consummated.
He said that although his supposed in-laws did not tell him the wedding was canceled because they felt he would not be able to take care of their daughter after the wedding, ”but I can read between the lines”. He said his case was not an isolated one, stressing that victims of the on-going financial crisis in the state with similar situations were in the legion.
He pleaded with government to ensure that the salaries arrears were cleared without further delay, stressing that failure of government to do this might aggravate the level of crimes in the state. He disclosed that the situation in the state had resulted in a rise in the level of crimes in the state.
Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday warned of impending serious security crises if salaries were not paid within seven days.
The PDP, in a statement issued in Osogbo by the party’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said from all indications, the June 30 deadline for the payment of salaries by Aregbesola, rather than solving the problem, was heightening tension among residents.
PDP also warned the governor’s aides against insulting people that are making efforts to bail the state out of the “quagmire”.
PDP said the situation of the state workers vis-a-vis the demands of Ramadan was unfortunate, urging Aregbesola to ensure that workers were paid by 21st of June to stem rising tension among the residents.
The PDP said: “We have rightly been informed that crime rate is on the rise, no thanks to the economic crises Ogbeni has plunged the state into. Many more people are taking to crime because of cash crunch.
“And despite the concerted efforts by the police that have resulted in arrests, these criminals cannot be kept for more than 24 hours because courts are under lock.”
PDP made reference to the tweet by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who announced donation of his wardrobe allowance to unpaid Osun workers.It advised Aregbesola and his supporters to expect more statements from well-meaning Nigerians, saying it was a result of his failure.