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May Day: We Have Kept Our Promise Not To Owe Salaries, Pension – Akeredolu

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Despite the glaring economic crunch in the country, the
present administration in Ondo state has kept its promise not to owe
salaries and pensions.

The Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who
said this on Tuesday in Akure at the 2018 Workers Day celebration, noted
that he has kept his word as part of his commitment to the welfare of
the workforce in the state. 
Akeredolu who appreciated the workers in the state for the
support so far, reiterated his administration’s dedication to make life
better for the generality of the state populace.
The governor also assured the state workers of the payment of the 2017 leave bonus when the state is financially buoyant. 
He said he has regularly paid salaries and wages  for 15 months now despite the financial challenge in the country.
Akeredolu also hinted that he has successfully offset four
of the seven months arrears inherited from the immediate past
administration and promised to pay the remaining as soon as realisable.

It will be recalled that in December, 2017, Akeredolu  approved over 30
billion naira for payment of salaries,  pension, gratuity and arrears. 
He said his government has made promotion of civil servants
a priority including the recent injection of over 50 administrative
staff  into the civil service.
The Governor disclosed that his administration is paying
the sum of two hundred million naira every month to offset outstanding
gratuities owed retired workers.
He emphasised that workers in the state deserve special attention despite the harsh economic situation in the country.
He  enjoined them to continue to rededicate themselves to
the service of the people and promised to always partner the labour
movement.
Also speaking the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress
in ondo state, Bosede Daramola lauded the Akeredolu adminstration for
commitment to the welfare of workers.
Daramola reiterated the resolve of the NLC to the
implementation of the new minimum wage to cushion the untold hardship
faced by workers.
In the same vein,  the chairman of the Trade Union Congress
TUC in Ondo state, Soladoye Ekundayo saluted the government for
commitment to the welfare of the workforce, especially the release of
the 2017 promotion letters to deserving workers.

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