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You are ungrateful, Akeredolu lambasts Ondo workers


• Pays N402. 5m to road construction victims
Following a threat by Ondo State civil servants to go on strike over Paris Club refund and non-payment of their salary arrears, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has described them as “selfish and ungrateful.”

Akeredolu, who pledged to pay arrears of workers salaries before the end of the week, said they did not appreciate efforts to prioritize their welfare.

The governor made the comments yesterday in Akure during compensation of owners of properties affected by the ongoing construction of roads in the state.

Recounting his efforts, he said: “Since I came into office, I have paid your salary arrears, yet our people are both ungrateful and selfish. Since we came into office we are not owing even a month salary, not one single month.

“Somebody was in office and did not pay your salaries and leave allowances, but we have paid and even promoted you and people still think we have done nothing.

“In terms of welfare of workers in this state, we have done our best. No state has done better than us because we believe a worker deserves his pay.

“We pay people who are less than five per cent of the population of the state and they take 90 per cent of the income. The revenue that comes to this state, 90 per cent of it goes to less than five per cent.

“We are up-to-date in the payment of salaries and pensions, all officers who are due for promotion have been duly served, the 2017 leave bonuses have been paid while some workers have equally enjoyed vehicles loans.

“The Paris Club refund due to Ondo State has been received and consultation with the leaders of the workers is ongoing on how best to balance the interest of all stakeholders in the disbursement of the fund. Before the end of this week, we will clear all arrears and outstanding.”

Akeredolu said about N402.5 million would be disbursed to those affected by the road construction in Akure metropolis, emphasizing that it was a demonstration of his commitment to the welfare of the people.

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