Ondo State government has denied reports that it had set a time limit within which to pay the salary arrears owed civil servants.
This is a reaction to the meeting report, earlier released by the workers’ leaders and made available to nigeriancablenews.com
The Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde in a statement expressed deep concern over a purported gross misrepresentation of the outcome of the last meeting with labour leaders over the Paris Club refund.
The statement, entitled: “Re: Introduction of percentage or fractional salary payment by Ondo State government: Latest development,” read: “Ondo State government did not pay 80% of the September, 2016 salary arrears in error as due consideration was given to equity and fairness.”
Abegunde said the government will not shirk in its responsibility to the people of Ondo State, both in the public and private sectors as the administration is irrevocably committed to its mandate.
He also said that the deputy governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, did not at anytime make the statement credited to him with regards to the Senior Special Assistant (Special Duties &Strategy).
“The widely circulated bulletin in the social media that the deputy governor promised to make the governor’s aide in question ‘pass through a series of lessons to remould (sic) him to become a cultured entity in the government of Arakunrin’ is absurd.”
Abegunde emphasized that government would continue to make the payment of salaries of workers its priority.
In response to the request of the labour that the outstanding 20% be paid before the end of August, 2017, the SSG said it was made abundantly clear that the government would pay the 20% when it had the resources as ‘it would not borrow money to pay salaries’.
The state government therefore urged the labour leaders to, in the interest of industrial harmony, always avoid statements and action that could overheat the system.