NEWLY sworn-in Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu has promised that he and his deputy will not collect any salary until all the workers in the state’s civil service are paid their outstanding salary arrears.
Earlier this week, Governor Akeredolu took office after winning last year’s gubernatorial elections and subsequently inherited a backlog of salary arrears. Speaking in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday while formally meeting with the workers in the state civil service, Governor Akeredolu appealed to the doctors and nurses who are currently on strike to end their industrial action and embrace dialogue with his government.
In his maiden address to the workers, the governor said all the issues relating to the payment of their salaries would top the agenda of his administration. He disclosed that a committee would be set up by the government to address how the backlog of salaries would be paid and how to move the state forward.
Governor Akeredolu said: “I am aware of your pains and agony. I feel your pains and what you are going through and I can see your sufferings and I am surprised that you are still able to put up these smiles without seven months’ salaries.
No doubt, a labourer deserves his wages, so a committee will soon be set up to address this salary issue. We are set to move forward and at the end of the day, we will all win, so let us join hands to work together for the development of this state and I can assure you that with God on our side, we shall scale all obstacles to make Ondo great.”