Akeredolu begs Ondo workers to sacrifice fantastic salaries, arrears


- The governor of Ondo state Rotimi
Akeredolu has called on all civil servants
in the state to sacrifice the outstanding
salaries owed to them by the immediate
past government
- Akeredolu while speaking with the
committee on arrears of salaries of state
public servants submitted its report in
Akure
- The Ondo state governor has paid three
months salaries of February, March and
April
The governor of Ondo state Rotimi
Akeredolu has called on all civil
servants in the state to sacrifice the
outstanding salaries owed to them by
the immediate past government.
Akeredolu while speaking with the
committee on arrears of salaries of state
public servants submitted its report in
Akure.
The committee headed by the deputy
governor Agboola Ajayi was
inaugurated on March 7.
But reacting to the backlog of salaries
and arrears, the governor lamented the
difficulty in using state funds to offset
salaries.
He said government workers must be
prepared to “pay the sacrifices” of
waiving their salaries as part of their
own contributions to the economic
development of the state.
Akeredolu while speaking with the committee on
arrears of salaries of state public servants
submitted its report in Akure
“We have said this many times, we must
be prepared to pay sacrifices because we
don’t borrow money to pay salaries. If
they (workers) meet and say they waive
two months, we will be glad, but if they
insist on having the full arrears, we will
look for ways of paying,” Akeredolu said.
“I will have to address the workers to let
them know that it’s not possible to use
all our money to pay salaries,” he said.
Akeredolu further promised that the All
Progressives Congress-led government
in the Ondo would endeavor to not owe
civil servants’ salaries accruing from his
assumption of office in February 2017.
“I know it is not easy but it is also
getting increasingly difficult for the
government, too, but whatever we do, we
will try not to owe salaries,” he said.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Ondo state
governor has paid three months salaries
of February, March and April.
It was also gathered that the fresh
payment has paid one out of the six
months arrears owed the workers by the
past governor of the state Olusegun
Mimiko.
Also, the committee in their report said,
the total salaries owed to civil servants
in the state is N38.57 billion.
The deputy governor said the figure
excludes an additional N41.5 billion
which represents outstanding gratuities.
“What the government is owing now is
N34.5 billion, representing five months’
salaries as against the six months we
met on board and it is outside the N41.5
billion representing outstanding
gratuities," the deputy governor said.

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