By Samuel Faleye, Akure
The newly sworn in Governor of Ondo State, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has appealed to striking health workers and doctors working for the state government to end their industrial action and embrace peace.
Akeredolu, made the plea at his first official meeting with civil servants held at the Governor Office in Alagbaka, Akure on Monday
Workers including those in the health sector are being owed seven months.
Two weeks ago, the health workers embarked on an indefinite strike and vowed not to resume until the government pays their salaries.
Besides, the new governor disclosed that he will set up a committee which will include the accountant general of the state so as to look into the payment of workers salary.
The governor who said he felt the pains of the people, having not been paid for months, assured them that he will ensure prompt payment of salary.
He said, “I am not an executive governor, there is no executive governor anywhere, I am one of you, I am just a top servant. If you don’t receive salary, as your governor, I don’t deserve to receive any salary too, if you are not being paid, no one is should be paid.
“I am aware of the agony you are going through, I can feel your sufferings, that you are still able to put up smiles as I see everybody here, even without seven months salary, I am surprised but no doubt, a laborer deserves his wages.
“To the striking health workers, I know it must be out of your concerns for your patients, out of your concerns for the people of Ondo state not out of your concerns for your purse, I want to use this medium to appeal to our health workers, doctors, to please in the name of God, resume work and come back. We will sit down on a table and solve all the problems.