President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Ondo state chapter, Comrade Bola Taiwo on Wednesday disclosed that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has fulfilled his promise of offsetting salary arrears and put an end to percentage salaries in the state before he leaves office.
The Union president noted that there’s no more payment of percentage salaries to local government workers since the beginning of this year.
He made the call on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen immediately after the State leadership and State Executive Council, (SEC) meeting of the union at its state Secretariat in Akure.
Comrade Bola explained that Governor Akeredolu in view of his love for the NULGE members, tasked officials of the local government to intensify efforts at embarking on revenue generation drive.
The President who commended Akeredolu for giving the welfare of workers priority, noted that the governor lived to his words during his inauguration that he would not owe workers salaries.
He disclosed that Akeredolu had paid all the backlog salaries of eight months salaries he inherited from the immediate past administration.
Speaking on decline in the rate of projects being carried out by local government authorities in the state, Comrade Taiwo said the low allocation given to the state from the Federation Account has affected the fund allocated for projects.
He disclosed that N10m was released to each local council for execution of projects.
According to him, local councils embarked on road construction in the rural areas, particularly farmsteads.
“Permit me to humbly use this medium on behalf of the Local Government Workers in Ondo State express our profound appreciation to your Excellency, Arakunrin, Odunayo Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) CON over your zeal, love and dedication towards the welfare of Local Government Workers in Ondo State since assumption of office and let me also felicitate you Sir, on the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the just concluded elections both at the Federal and State levels.
“The victory further re-affirm the confidence the people of Ondo State repose on you as Governor and Leader of the party in Ondo State. Congratulations sir.
“Since assumption of office as Governor of Ondo State, you have demonstrated an uncommon passion and zeal towards workers welfare in Ondo State you have never shirk or waver in your quest to see and ensure that workers in Ondo State are not treated as second fiddle among their counterparts in the South West.
“You are really God sent especially when we recall the harrowing experiences workers witnessed before your assumption of office whereby workers were owed over eight (8) months salary arrears despite enormous resources available to your predecessor.
“I could remember with nostalgic feelings during your address to the good people of Ondo State, especially to workers when you were sworn-in, you said you will not owe workers any salary before the expiration of your tenure.
“The promise has been made manifest in the last salaries of 174 percent received by Local Government Workers despite the lean finances available to the State. This indeed confirm that your word is your bound by prioritizing payment of workers’ salaries. No wonder you are called “Mr. Talk and Do”, the NULGE President said.
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