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Subsidy: Ondo civil servants get N35,000

The Ondo State Government, as part of its efforts to cushion the effects of subsidy removal has approved the payment of thirty five thousand naira (N35, 000) wage award to civil servants in the state.

 The Federal Government in October approved the payment of N35, 000 as a provisional wage award for all treasury-paid Federal Government workers for a period of six months.

Ondo State is the only state in the country to approve the sum of N35,000 alongside the Federal Government. Neighbouring states in the Southwest approved between N10,000 to N25, 000 to their workers and pensioners.

 The state Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele dropped the hint at the monthly meeting between government and the leadership of labour after monthly receipt from the federal allocation.

 The Head of Service disclosed that workers would begin to receive the wage award alongside their November salary, adding that it would be paid for the period of six months.

While restating the commitment of the Ondo State Government to the well-being of its workforce, Ogundele recalled the state had commenced monthly payment of additional ten thousand naira (N10, 000) to all its retirees and provided buses to commute workers to and from work to assuage the hardship occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal even before the announcement of palliative arrangements by Federal Government, making the state one of the first states to take such steps.

According to him, other measures put in place as palliative measure would continue to run concurrently with the payment of wage award until a lasting solution is found to the current economic situation in the country.

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 He added that arrangement was almost completed to capture pensioners in the state’s health insurance scheme, ORANGHIS, which all workers are currently enjoying, noting that medicals formed the major expenses of most of the retirees.

He, therefore, urged workers to reciprocate the good gesture by re-dedicating themselves to excellent service, while the union leadership should sustain the atmosphere of constructive engagement that is currently being adopted.

The state chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Victor Amoko, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Clement Fatuase and Joint Negotiation Committee, Comrade Ademola Olapade while reacting at the meeting, lauded the state government for listening to the yearnings of workers, particularly setting the pace in the south western states and some other parts of the country. 

 They, however, enjoined the government not to relent in its efforts to bring succor to the workers and retirees as the current economic situation in the country has rendered the current salaries of workers inadequate to meet their basic needs.

 Earlier, the state Accountant General of the state, Mrs Toyin Oni, showed before the meeting, the receipt from FAAC and the proposed disbursement template as it has been the routine since the inception of Governor Akeredolu’s administration.

 Meanwhile, Ondo State workers yesterday expressed gratitude to the State Government over the N35,000 wage award approved to cushion the effects fuel subsidy removal.

The Hope findings across ministries, boards and parastatals saw workers in clusters discussing the new development and lauding the state government for the gesture.

Cross section of workers who spoke with our correspondents said the wage award is coming at the appropriate time, as the hardship is becoming more unbearable, especially for civil servants in the state.

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They said being able to pay workers N35, 000 means the government has workers at heart, as this will ease the current hardship on workers.

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