Akeredolu, Workers Head For Collision
Civil servants in Ondo state appeared to be heading for a showdown with the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The governor who seems not to be unruffled with the stern reactions of workers to his statement while addressing them on May Day, is again in the eyes of the storm.
The governor made another damning revelation on Wednesday at Owode- Obaile in Akure North local government area of the state during the inauguration of NULGE Ultra-modern Resort constructed by the Ondo State leadership of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees.
According to him, the State government is finding it difficult to meet its obligations under a situation where 90 percent of the N5b monthly allocations of the state is being expended on salaries, pension and worker’s allowances.
Infuriated by the submission, some of the local government staffs present described the governor's statement as a clear sign of unpreparedness for the office he occupies.
A staff of the Akure North local government who refused to declare his identity described it as a petty talk.
"There is no country in the world that does not have its financial challenges. The ability to make use of the available resources judiciously to meet the needs of the people is what makes a good leader.
"Governor Akeredolu should stop laying emphasis on problem and find a way of solving it with what is on ground." He stated.
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Another staff who simply identified himself as Ilesanmi said the governor is only trying to justify whatever action he may take that will likely have negative effects on the state workers.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he stops paying workers salaries from next month by giving us excuses that there is no money. For how long will he continue telling us this? He said almost the same thing on Workers day and we left the venue in annoyance. Let him try it, he will meet us there."
Also, Bukola Adeosun, a retired civil servant said it is too early for the governor to be feeding his workers with this kind of discouraging excuses.
"if he feels there is no enough money to take care of his primary responsibility as a governor, he should reduce the number of his political appointees.
"the salary and allowance of one political appointee will pay like five civil servants salary. Must he play politics with the key players in the economy of the state?"
However, the state president of the National Union of Local Government Employees, Dr Olubunmi Eniayewu declined comment on the statement made by the governor.
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