Ondo PDP, Akeredolu disagree over workers’ welfare, remuneration
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has flayed the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, over alleged poor treatment meted out to the state’s workforce, describing the workers as the worst in the South-West region.
The state’s Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday, lamenting that workers may celebrate Christmas without pay.
He said: “The sorrows and pains of workers in Ondo State are the worst in the South-West. Neighbouring states with less revenue are doing projects and paying workers’ salaries.”
He expressed concern over the financial predicament of the state workers, who are now being paid in percentages and owed some arrears amid the attendant hike in the prices of essential commodities.
“For the workers of Ondo State, their Christmas celebration is hanging dangerously in the hope that the Akeredolu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government will be ‘magnanimous’ enough to pay salaries, at least one full month.”
MEANWHILE Akeredolu has dismissed the allegations of the major opposition party in the state and allayed the fears of the workers, assuring them that they will celebrate a more prosperous Christmas.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, the governor described the PDP’s outcry as the height of presence,” saying: “PDP can’t pretend to defend its former victims.”
He noted that the eight-year rule of the PDP in the state had put the citizenry through all sorts of hardship, ranging from massive sack of workers and seven months of unpaid salaries that led to the death of many workers.
He, however, agreed that there are challenges and the desire is to face the challenges headlong with a view to charting a more robust and holistic path to surmount them.
“This government will ensure workers in the public service enjoy a very pleasant season. The next one week will manifest government’s seriousness in this regard. Workers will smile, as further deeper positive thoughts are already firmed up to ease economic challenges imposed on all of us by the global financial straits.
“Workers in the state public service are already well acquainted with the pretentious posturing of the PDP. They know too well that there could not have been a better advertisement of hypocritical vices by their immediate past tormentors.”