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Ondo workers, pensioners plead for four months pay arrears




Civil servants and pensioners across the 18 local councils of the state have appealed to Governor Olusegun Mimiko to offset their salaries and allowances,

A worker with the Ministry of Education, Wemimo Lanleyin, noted that with the resumption of schools after Easter break, the burden of providing for the needs of his ward stares him in the face.

He lamented that the state government was owing civil servants four-month salary arrears, adding that they were yet to get their entitlements since December.

Lanleyin explained that they only got November pay some four weeks ago, stating that the money could not offset outstanding debts.

The pensioners lamented the undue delay in the payment of their allowances after they had served 35 years, which a female senior citizen, Mebibone Elinah from Ilaje local council, described as the better parts of their years.

Mebinone, who is a retired primary school teacher and an octogenarian, said the state government last paid them their November pension about two weeks ago.

Another pensioner, who pleaded anonymity, flayed the disparity between secondary and primary school pensioners, complaining that his November allowance alongside other retirees had not been paid.

He decried that while the 16 and 27 per cent increments in 2007 had been paid to some junior retirees, his colleagues who retired together with him in 2003 were yet to benefit from the gesture.

However, the Commissioner for Finance, Chief Yele Ogundipe, in the company of his Education counterpart, Jide Adejuyigbe as well as the Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu and the Chairman of TESCOM, Prof. Francis Igbasan, had last month offered reasons for delay in payment of emoluments of secondary school teachers.

Ogundipe had attributed the development to the sharp fall in the price of oil at leading to an all-time low N2.5 billion federal allocation to the state when its monthly wage bill is estimated at over N3 billion.

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