Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has promised workers in the State on payment of their outstanding salaries before the end of his tenure.
Niger Delta Connect reported that Workers in the state under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress during the 2022 workers day celebration called on Akeredolu to pay its salary arrears from December 2021 till date.
The state Chairman, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Hellen Odofin said part of their demands include outstanding leave bonuses.
She said: “I would like to, on behalf of all of us at TUC, applaud the Ondo State government under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on its giant strides towards good governance in the state. Efforts towards advancement of education, security and infrastructures are duly acknowledged. The government is also doing well in the timely promotion of workers in the state. We urge you to keep on with the good work.
“However, we would like to appeal to the government to do more in the following areas: Salary Payment: Payment of salary arrears from December 2021 till date including outstanding leave bonuses, should be given a serious thought, as every labourer deserves his wages.
“I want to draw the attention of government to the following shortfalls: Lack of utility vehicles for the headquarters and the field offices for monitoring and evaluation dilapidated structures of secondary schools, inadequate, and gross shortage of Teachers in our schools especially, the secondary schools.”
But Akeredolu, while speaking at an investiture and public lecture in Akure on Monday, in honour of the state Head of Service (HoS), John Adeyemo, commended the civil servants for their commitment to duty and support for the government, promising to leave the state better than he met it.
The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, described the Head of Service as a quintessential public servant who navigates the slippery terrain of the civil and is serving well.
Speaking on the topic, “the Life of an Administrator”, the guest speaker, Ife Oluwole who doubles as the Registrar of Ekiti State University, said: “The civil service is at the centre of governmental activity. In the recent past, it was the envy of every graduate and attracted brilliant minds. An example is the celebrant of today. Sadly, it is no longer so. The allure of the past is long gone. It is now a case of suffering and smiling.”
The guest speaker added that though the public feels that civil service is corrupt, it is not true of everybody in the civil service, as there are some good names in there.
In his response, Adeyemo thanked God for the occasion and for the journey so far in his career.
He dedicated his award to the public service in Ondo State. He also commended the state civil servants for their commitment and loyalty to the state.