Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has promised not to collect salaries until the huge arrears of salaries of workers on the state government’s payroll and pensions are cleared.
The state government is owing civil servants, salaries estimated at 38 billion naira, while the unpaid arrears pensions and gratuities is 41 billion naira.
The governor gave the pledge at the eleventh synod of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Akoko diocese.
Akeredolu who was represented by the state government chaplain, Venerable Benjamin Babalola, said, he feels their pains and sufferings over unpaid salaries and entitlements.
He said, “By the special grace of God, our administration will soon offset the salaries owed the workers. The salary arrears owed workers by the previous administration amounted to N38.57bn, while N41.5bn was owed to retirees as gratuities.
“I am aware of your pains and agony. I feel your pains and what you are going through and I can see your suffering. But faith in God, I am re-affirming my promise that I will not collect a dime until civil servants are fully paid their salary arrears.”