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‘Ondo not owing workers salary’

By Adedotun Ajayi

The Ondo State Government has debunked the claim that the state government is owing workers six months salary.

A media aide, Mr Tope Fasua in the office of the Vice President during an interview on Channels Television, Thursday morning, erroneously claimed that Ondo State Government is owing its workforce six months salary arrears.

Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to Ondo State Governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan said it is unfortunate that a Presidential aide whose duties centre on economic affairs would go on national TV to reel out unverified information.

It is more disturbing that Mr. Fasua, who is from Ondo State, could not reach out to any official of the State Government to get the facts and figures he needed for such interview.

“Although Mr. Fasua has since admitted his error and apologised, it is imperative to make this clarification for members of the public who may have been misled by those false claims.

“The government of Ondo State IS NOT OWING ANY salary arrears to workers. The January 2024 salary was paid to workers, on time.

“The Ondo State Government has not only paid workers’ salary up to date, it has also been paying wage award of N35, 000 monthly to all categories of workers and N10,000 wage award to retirees as part of its measures to mitigate the effects of fuel subsidy removal.

“The false claim of Mr. Fasua was the situation of the State when the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu took charge in 2017, meeting seven months arrears of unpaid salaries. That administration paid six out of the seven months.

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“Within one month in office, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa paid the outstanding one month (January 2017). Not only that, the Governor also paid N1.2b arrears as part of gratuity owed retirees.

“Members of the public should therefore note that the government of Ondo State is not owing workers and Governor Aiyedatiwa shows commitment to the welfare of workers and retirees in the State.”

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