The Ondo authorities has attributed the non-payment of civil servants salaries within the state to the lethal coronavirus pandemic that hit the nation in 2020.
Employees underneath the employment of the state authorities civil service are being owed 4 months wage and arrears by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s administration.
Talking at an occasion in Akure, Secretary to the State Authorities, Oladunni Odu mentioned the pandemic had a unfavourable influence on the state’s economic system.
“Sure, we’ve got our lapses and weaknesses as a result of we’ve got not been in a position to pay (4) months’ wage and if the Governor (Rotimi Akeredolu) had been right here in the present day, he would say it as a result of he feels ache that he cannot pay salaries as at when due.
“It’s as a result of we weren’t ready for covid-19. Covid got here and every thing went down and we’re but to recuperate from COVID-19,” Mrs Odu added.
She additional defined that the governor was fearful that his effort to pay the civil servants salaries was unattainable, as a result of present financial realities within the state.
Nonetheless, she vowed that Mr Akeredolu would go away the state higher than he met it.
“You’d bear in mind when Governor Akeredolu got here on board, he met seven months wage arrears and inside a short while, he did pay six months of the seven months arrears.
“The governor believes a labourer deserves his wages and the wages needs to be paid as and when due however he had promised at a number of fora that he wouldn’t depart the state with out paying all of the salaries to employees,” the official mentioned.
Governor Akeredolu, who’s at present in his second time period, was first elected to energy in 2016.
He succeeded Olusegun Mimiko, whose later a part of the administration was additionally rocked by nonpayment of salaries of civil servants within the workforce of the state.
Supply: Peoples Gazette.