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Aiyedatiwa pays salary arrears of ex-political office holders

…Mimiko’s ex-appointees hail gov for timely intervention

By Adedotun Ajayi

The Ondo State Government on Tuesday began payment of two months salary arrears of former political office holders in the State.

This is contained in a statement issued by Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Wednesday.

This followed the approval of the Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, last week for the payment of two of the three outstanding months of salary arrears of the former appointees.

The beneficiaries are those who served under the administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko as governor of the State between 2009 and 2017.

They include those who served as members of the State Executive Council, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Education Secretaries and board chairmen and members.

The Mimiko administration had left in February 2017 with seven months arrears of salary of workers and political office holders. The administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had paid six out of the seven months arrears for workers and four months for the former appointees.

Governor Aiyedatiwa had in January this year paid the outstanding one month for workers and last week approved payment of two months for the former appointees.

Many of the beneficiaries have commended the Governor for responding to their pleas for the payment within his first four months in office.

One of the coordinators of the group of the former appointees, Mr. Femi Bosede, said the Governor has just displayed leadership with empathy, describing the intervention as timely.

He said: “Although we have been on this for a very long time but we must appreciate Mr. Governor for listening to us and approving the payment.

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“The struggle has been a tough one for many of our people since 2017 but we can now get a relief with the two months paid. I’m sure Mr. Governor will approve the remaining one month in no distant time. We are indeed grateful to him.” He added.

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