Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State, while receiving the reports of the Committee on Arrears of Salaries of Public Servants in Akure, urged workers in the state to sacrifice their outstanding salary arrears owned by the Ex-Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.
He urged them to see it as their contributions to the development of Ondo State.
“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.
“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”
According to the Deputy Governor of the State, Agboola Ajayi, the salary arrears owed by the previous administration amounted to N38.57billion.
The previous administration owed the state workers six months salaries from August 2016 to January 2017.
“This is not inclusive of the ₦41.5 billion representing outstanding gratuities.
“We came in on Feb. 24, we paid February, March, April salaries and also one month out of the six months salaries owed by the past government.
“What the government is owing now is N34.5 billion, representing five months salaries. Ajayi said.