Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I Didn't Ask Workers to Forgo Salary Arrears - Ondo Governor, Akeredolu

I Didn't Ask Workers to Forgo Salary Arrears - Ondo Governor, Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu

Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has played down media reports that he appealed to Ondo State civil servants to forfeit two months salaries out of the 6 months salary backlog.

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied a media report which said he planned to force workers to forgo their salary arrears.

He declared that his administration would soon offset the N34bn of six months salaries owed the workers in the state.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the governor described the reports as falsehood, saying there was no event he asked the workers to forgo two months of their salary arrears.

The governor appealed to the people behind the report to desist from the act. He said the report was a dangerous trend, capable of causing disaffection among the people of the state.

He said, “I want to state here that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the administration is asking workers in the state to forgo two months of the salary arrears owed them. The talk is nothing but a pack of lies and a mere imagination of the people behind its spread.

“I would love to reiterate my commitment to make the welfare of the workers the priority of this administration. They are goose that lay the golden eggs and I appreciate their efforts and commitment to develop Ondo State and take it to the next level.”

Similarly, Akeredolu has said the revenue inflows accruing to the state must geometrically increase in order for the government to be able to deliver promptly on all projections set by the administration.

The governor, who spoke while receiving the report of the Committee on the Payment of Arrears of Salaries of Public Servants in Ondo State on Monday, said the Internally Generated Revenue profile of the state had to be taken to a proportion above the recurrent expenditure of the state for meaningful development to take place.
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