The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, to donate relief materials, especially food, to workers in Osun State because of the non-payment of their salaries for the past seven months.
This appeal was made in a statement issued in Osogbo, the state capital by Diran Odeyemi, the Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State.
The party praised the Christian Association of Nigeria for rallying support for the workers, but added that the mobilisation of aid for the state workers could not be left for CAN alone to bear.
The party also directed its members to begin to bring foodstuff to the party’s secretariats in all the local government areas in the state for onward distribution to the workers. “The situation in the state requires much more than what religious bodies can cope with. We are calling on NEMA, Red Cross Society and well- meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the workers in the state,” the PDP stated.
It was reported that on Wednesday, a man slumped and died in broad daylight at the popular Olaiya Junction, Osogbo, after begging for money to buy drug, albeit unsuccessfully from traders around and the passersby. The man was said to have openly shouted that his relatives that usually give him money to buy drugs have not been paid salaries for months.