By Chris Chimezie
Workers in Ondo State will this week receive their salary arrears as the government has confirmed the receipt of Paris Club refund due for the state.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who dropped this hint yesterday explained that details of how the state would manage the fund will be published.
His words: “The Paris Club refund due to Ondo State has been received and consultation with the leaders of the workers is ongoing on how best to balance the interest of all stakeholders in the disbursement of the fund.”
The governor assured that all the sectors in the state would be adequately touched in order to give everybody sense of belonging and as well deliver on his electioneering campaign.
It will be recalled that Ondo state workers had given Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu an ultimatum to pay their salary arrears from the N20 billion Paris Club refund.
The workers, in a letter dated November 9, gave Akeredolu up till 12 noon, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to pay the salaries arrears.
The letter was signed by Tayo Ogunleye, State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); Soladoye Ekundayo, State Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Abel Oloniyo, State Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC).
They said the governor failed to consult the labour unions on the release of the Paris Club refund to the state by the federal government as agreed.
The labour leaders said that would not be able to guarantee industrial peace in the state if the government failed to pay the outstanding salaries on Tuesday.
“We believe that negotiation and agreement with labour was the key criteria of how the fund was released despite that the fund has been released to the state without consulting labour.”
However, with the recent development, the union has suspended its strike threat.