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Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by oilsuop: 12:52pm On Apr 24, 2015
Osun state government is broke and has for almost six months been unable to pay workers salaries.
**school feeding meals cost government of the State of Osun N3.6bn annually and there is no money for that anymore.
**to introduce Parent/ Teacher Association levy to be paid by every primary and secondary school pupil.
The Osun State Government is considering a review of its policy of free feeding of primary school pupils in the state.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed on Thursday that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had set up a committee to work out how to implement the review of this policy.
The nine-member committee, which is also working on the review of the state’s free health programme for children and the elderly, may recommend that parents be made to pay a little levy for each child in school.
The committee comprises permanent secretaries in the state and a level 17 officer, who is a director.
A source in the government circles told our correspondent that labour leaders in the state recommended the review of the free feeding policy alongside others to save money for payment of salaries of civil servants and to carry out developmental projects.
The Aregbesola government has for almost six months been unable to pay workers salaries, a development it blames on dwindling allocation from the Federal Government.
Deputy Governor Titi Laoye-Tomori had said last year that the “ school feeding meals cost government of the State of Osun N3.6bn annually.”
In December 2014, the All Progressives Congress in the state said the allocation accruing to the state had fallen from N3.8bn per month to N1.3bn.
Following agitations by civil servants over the non-payment of their salaries, Aregbesola challenged labour leaders in the state to suggest how his administration could generate more funds to meet its obligations.
The labour leaders consequently came up with a report containing recommendations for the review of the policies.
The report dated December 15 ,2014 and cited by The PUNCH was signed by the the Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Councils, Bayo Adejumo; the Chairman of Trade Union Congress in the state, Francis Adetunji; and the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Saka Adesiyan.
The secretary of the JNC, R. A . Adeyemi; TUC Secretary, Kayode Adepoju and the secretary of the NLC, G. A. Bolarinwa, also signed the report.
It was learnt that the labour leaders came up with the recommendations after interactive sessions with workers.
In the report, they recommended the introduction of Parent/ Teacher Association levy to be paid by every primary and secondary school pupil.
The report read in part, “We have to appreciate the government for its programmes on free health, education and free meal, etc while the economy was buoyant to some extent.
“Now that the situation has reached unmanageable equilibrium, we wish to advise that the policy of government on free programmes be reviewed to increase the IGR(Internally Generated Revenue) of the state.
“There should be introduction of token amount to be paid by each pupil/ student to assist the government since the government had hitherto provided everything on education free of charge when the economy was stable.
“The PTA should be re-introduced to contribute token amount to schools. It was revealed that at the Federal Government College, Ipetu, parents do pay a sum of N5,000 per student to assist the school.”
The labour leaders also recommended that the governor should prioritise capital projects and complete them in phases.
They also recommended the review of some laws which stipulate fines of as low as N20 or N50 as punishment for non-payment of some taxes.
The union leaders advised the government to stop illegal mining of solid mineral resources such as gold and tantalite in the state.
They also want the government to begin the collection of revenue from contractors and others digging gravel, sand and granite from burrow pits.
They were equally not silent on the need for the government to take a second look at the number of political appointees and their remunerations with a view to minimising the cost of governance.
The report added, “We know for sure that the area of political appointment is Mr. governor’s constituency. But because of the economic situation we find ourselves now, the truth must be told. The appointment of chains of political appointees, e.g, special advisers, senior special assistants, personal assistants and all other political appointments should be suspended for now.
“More importantly, since the governor had dissolved his cabinet on the last day of his first term, we advise that he should tarry a bit before he appoints his political aides except those that are compulsory for him to have.
“The remuneration of political office holders is considered to be on the high side, especially the ones that were not known within the purview of the Salaries and Wages Commission which the state House of Assembly legislated upon.
“Also, the remuneration of political office holders should be reviewed downward. When Mr. governor wants to appoint his political functionaries later, it should be manageable.”
The labour leaders recommended that the governor should stop the use of consultants for IGR collection. They believe that the use of consultants amounts to waste of resources.

Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Ozigbondu(m): 12:54pm On Apr 24, 2015
cry
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Dannyset(m): 12:58pm On Apr 24, 2015
Who is this one that is talking without doing his homework very well.
Well, help ur sef first by giving us a reliable source.
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by FastShipping: 1:03pm On Apr 24, 2015
[b]Misleading heading.[/b Op, keep deceiving yourself and your fellow bad news lovers.
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Mogidi: 1:04pm On Apr 24, 2015
I pity those "O Yes" workers.

Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Mogidi: 1:05pm On Apr 24, 2015
FastShipping:
Misleading heading. Op, keep deceiving yourself and your fellow bad news lovers.

Bros google exist for a reason.
http://www.punchng.com/news/osun-may-stop-free-feeding-of-schoolchildren/

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Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by FastShipping: 1:06pm On Apr 24, 2015
Mogidi:


Bros google exist for a reason.
http://www.punchng.com/news/osun-may-stop-free-feeding-of-schoolchildren/

Olodo.

Start with this: "The Osun State Government is considering a review of its policy of free feeding of primary school pupils in the state."

"Considering" doesn't mean they have done so.
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Nobody: 1:07pm On Apr 24, 2015
Not surprised Blame

1,The lazy Osun state government for refusing to develop a self sufficient, industrial, oil money free economy.

2.The Federal Govt for refusing to free us from oil dependency.

Yes my friends....oil rich societies never prosper (Unless they have populations less than 15 million, or strong industrial sectors).

Oil is a curse.

Sorry kids.
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by atlwireles: 1:16pm On Apr 24, 2015
I thought they claimed Jonathan was withholding their state allocation. With the incoming government, one should expect the allocation to Osun and other APC states to quadruple. Please don't review or end this program, offer free housing to all, free food for the elderly and free wives to all unmarried men. Na una go tire. angry angry angry angry angry

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Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by Mogidi: 1:17pm On Apr 24, 2015
[size=15pt]Aregbesola hasn't paid any salary for 5 months.[/size]

Dude gave the money to Buhari to fight elections.

Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by appini: 1:21pm On Apr 24, 2015
The model Baba one chance promised to adopt when elected.

I foresee a change in reverse mode from free to pay as you change from May 29th.
Re: Breaking News Osun To Stop Free Feeding Of School Children by BABAKABIRU301(f): 2:09pm On Apr 24, 2015
Dannyset:
Who is this one that is talking without doing his homework very well.
Well, help ur sef first by giving us a reliable source.
PLS DID YOU READ NEWS PAPER TODAY?

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