We Have Fulfiled Our Promise Not to Owe Workers - Akeredolu


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has said the state has kept to its promise of improving workers' welfare and paying their salaries at the right time, adding that his administration would balance its duty to the people and the civil servants.

The disclosure was made on Wednesday, January 2, at the annual prayer meeting with civil servants at the governor's office in Akure, the Ondo state capital, The Guardian reports.

On his assumption of office, Akeredolu had promised the state’s workforce that he would not owe salaries, but improve on the welfare of the workers.

He said: When I came into office, I made a promise that we will not owe workers’ salary, and we have not owed. Yes, salary is a right. Though you had been denied, we will not deny you the right of your salary.

“We have a responsibility to the people of the state and the civil servants; we will try and balance it. We are determined to see what we can do. But there is no way we can be successful without the bureaucracy.

“I must say; we have enjoyed the cooperation of the civil servants. If you have complaints, please tender it. Complaint is part of the burden of leadership, and I am ready to accept it because Moses suffered the same fate. At the end of the day, we will all smile.

According to the governor, reorientation of the civil servants and re-engineering of the service are tasks that must be achieved

Akeredolu said: “Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the service of the state. There are lots that can still be done. We will re-engineer our civil service, but not by retrenching people. Reorientation of the civil servants and re-engineering of the service are tasks that must be achieved.”