— 8,415 public servants promoted with financial benefits in 2022
–Akeredolu has Paid 76 months salaries in his 70 months in government- NLC
By Dayo Johnson, Akure
Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, of Ondo state, said his administration has fulfilled its promise not to owe workers’ salaries in the state.
Akeredolu, who said that the state government has already paid up till November 2022, explained that the December salary was delayed on the advice of the Labour leaders to allow workers to meet new year financial obligations.
He said this at the annual prayer meeting with Public Servants on the first working day of the year, held in Akure, the state capital.
The governor assured that the December salary will be paid soon while promising that the one month remaining from the inherited seven months’ salary arrears will also be paid before the end of his tenure.
“As you are aware, you received three alerts in December. We paid for October and November 2022. You also received a leave bonus.
“We would have paid December but the Labour leaders advised that we delay it till January to allow you to meet financial obligations. Students will resume soon. We will pay the school fees.
“Also, we inherited seven months’ salary arrears, we paid six. Before I leave office, I will pay the remaining one.” He said.
He assured that his administration would continue to give priority consideration to the well-being of the Public Service amidst competing demands from other segments of the State.
The Governor assured of his administration’s resolve to improve the quality of lives of the people and deliver on promises.
Akeredolu thanked all public servants in the State for their cooperation, particularly the organised Labour for their understanding.
He explained that without the commitment of the workforce, his administration would not have recorded the modest feats achieved in its policy thrust.
In the 2023 General Elections, the Governor called on civil servants and the people at large to play by the rules while exercising their franchise at the poll.
“Let me reiterate for the umpteenth time that public servants are not expected to be involved in partisan politics. Absolute loyalty and commitment should be the watchword of the service.
“Again, political discourse should be civil with decorum and in a statutory manner. You will note that our Administration has insulated the bureaucracy from partisan politics.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele disclosed that 8,415 Public Servants across the State were promoted with financial benefits in 2022.
The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Oluwole Sunday-Adeleye, said that the governor has paid 76 months’ salaries within the 70 months and one week of his administration.
Adeleye said that “Let me say this clearly with every pride in me, on behalf of workers of Ondo State, that Arakunrin Akeredolu has spent 70 months and one week as the Governor of Ondo State, and he has paid 76 months’ salaries.
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