On salary issues in Ondo By Blessing Albert

Aketi,  rejected by Akokos

Aketi, rejected by Akokos

By Blessing Albert

The demand by workers in Ondo state for the payment of their outstanding salaries came on the heels of the disbursement of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund to the state by the federal government.

The committee set up by the Ondo State government under the leadership of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Payment of Arrears of Salaries of Public Servants in the state has said the government would need N76billion to offset backlog of five months’ salary arrears which was owed by the immediate past governor of the State, Dr. Segun Mimiko.

It would be recalled that the government workers are being owed six months salaries accrued from August 2016 through January 2017 by ex-governor Olusegun Mimiko.

Governor Akeredolu, who began his term in February 2017, has only been able to offset one month which was the month of August.

The governor had on several occasions vowed to make the welfare of the civil servants in the state a top priority of his government while also soliciting for an increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

The governor said the Internally Generated , IGR, profile of the state had to be taken to a proportion above the recurrent expenditures of the state for meaningful development to take place.

Thanking the state workforce for their resilience over unpaid seven months salaries by the immediate past government, Governor Akeredolu reassured the workers of his administration’s commitment to prompt payment of their salaries.