We won’t divert federal allocations, Ondo HoS assures workers
Flays PDP on malignant lies, ignorance
The Ondo State Head of Service, John Adeyemo, yesterday, urged workers in the state to disregard the allegation by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has mortgaged their welfare.
According to him, the governor does not interfere in the allocation of funds for payment of workers’ salary and pensions, saying: “Workers should not allow themselves to be used by political parties and politicians for any political gains.”
The South-West PDP had in a statement alleged that Akeredolu had ‘mortgaged’ the welfare of workers in the state to ‘procure’ a favourable judgment at the Supreme Court.
While addressing newsmen at the Cocoa Conference Hall in Akure, Adeyemo said: “I wish to advise workers not to allow any political party or politicians to create chaos between workers and government. They are not to use workers’ wages as means of settling scores among themselves.”
The Head of Service, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo; Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye and the state’s Accountant-General, Mrs. Esther Oni, said the governor always prioritised the welfare of workers.
He referred to the prompt intervention of the administration in the payment of six months’ salary out of seven months arrears owed workers by the past administration and other lofty benefits during COVID-19 pandemic last year.
“The financial situation of the state is occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged the world economy, thereby causing the federal allocations accruable to the state to drastically go down.
“The fact should be told that the governor does not interfere or get involved in the allocation of funds for payment of workers’ salary and pensions.”
He explained that salary payment “is usually being done by the leaders of labour unions in the state in collaboration with critical stakeholders based on the available resources at the end of each month.
“It is hoped that the state will overcome the present trying time as soon as possible, therefore, workers are enjoined to continue to bear with the administration.
“The payment of percentage salary on monthly basis due to paucity of funds is done through the office of Head of Service and all the relevant labour unions in the state.
“The allocation to the state from federation account are shared into various salary sections, including subventions to tertiary institutions in the state. It is after the agreement between the office of the HoS and the labour unions that we present the resolutions to the governor for approval,” he said.
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