Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, has urged civil servants in the state to see the outstanding salary arrears as part of their contributions to the development of the state. Akeredolu, recently elected governor of the state under the umbrella of the All Progressive Alliance (APC), made this plea while receiving report of Committee on Arrears of Salaries of Public Servants in Akure.
He said: “If they (workers) meet and say they waived two months, we will be glad but if they insist on having the full arrears, we thank them and will look for ways of paying.
The government will continue to try and make sure we don’t owe them salaries”.
“Before we present our budget and after presentation, I will have to address the workers to let them know that it’s not possible to use all our money to pay salaries.
We have said this many times, we must be prepared to make sacrifices because we don’t borrow money to pay salaries, something must be done,” he said.
“I thank the people for their efforts and resilience. I know it’s not easy, but it’s also getting increasingly difficult for the government too; but whatever we do, we will try not to owe salaries” the governor conclude.
The Olusegun Mimiko immediate past People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration owed the workers six months salaries from August 2016 to January 2017.