The new Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has vowed that he will not collect any salary until all the workers in the state’s civil service are paid their salaries.
Akeredolu stated this in Akure on Monday during his first formal meeting with the workers in the state civil service. 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.
“I am aware of your pains and agony. I feel your pains and what you are going through, and I can see your sufferings. I am surprised that you are still able to put up these smiles without seven months’ salaries. No doubt, a labourer deserves his wages.
“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. 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.”
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also appealed to the doctors and nurses who are currently on strike to end their industrial action and embrace dialogue with his government.
The governor was sworn in last Friday in Akure, after he polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes in the November 2016, governorship elections in the state.
Governor Akeredolu in his inaugural speech said he was aware of the challenges of unpaid salaries, saying while the situation is harrowing, his government would ensure that there is an increase in internally generated revenue to ensure payment of salaries.
“The issue of unpaid salaries is not only affecting one state, it is a problem of many states, except one or two. We will break down the barriers to honest leadership, to comprehensive development, to physical growth and social security.
“This we intend to do through the promotion of transparent leadership, rule of law, extensive consultation, quality and accessible public utilities and social security, all in a sustainable manner”.
He also said his government would help rebuild the state’s economy by resuscitating damaged infrastructure, restore hope and return the state to a prosperous path.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who was sworn in alongside his deputy Agboola Ajayi, also promised there would be job creation through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation as his administration is determined to break down the barriers that had caused stagnation in the state.
He also listed infrastructural development and maintenance, provision of functional education and technological growth, provision of accessible and qualitative health care, social service delivery and rural development and community extension services as some of the issues he would be tackling in the next four years.