The labour unions in Ondo state has described as unacceptable the offer made to them by the Governor of the state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN on the payment of outstanding pensions and salaries in the state.
The state government had in a recent meeting with the labour unions said the 75% of the Paris Club refund,which is N5.7billion, would not be enough to offset all the outstanding salary and pensions for September 2016, thereby suggesting a grade level payment.
It was gathered by This News Medium that the Governor allegedly turned down the request by the workers for the government to look in other sources to complete the amount needed for the payment of the one month salary.
According to reports ,a balance of N500million is required with the available N5.7billion for the full payment of September 2016 salary and pensions.
However,the organized labour unions under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress(TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said they would not accept fractional payment of their salaries arrears and pensions.
In a statement signed by Chairman of NLC in the state, Bose Daramola; Sola Ekundayo for TUC and Adeleye Oluwole of JNC after their meeting on Thursday, demanded a full payment of the September 2016 arrears, urging the government to device means of paying the arrears without delay.
” A follow up meeting with the office of the Accountant General where it was opined that the system of payment could not apply the money on grade level by grade level except on percentage basis. The organized labour met today ,Thursday 10th, August 2017 and resolved as follows;
“That percentage payment or fractional payment in whatever form is unacceptable to Ondo state public servants and pensioners.
“That Government should look inward to augment and pay September 2016 salary in full to all workers and pensioners in the state ”
“While assuring Your Excellency of our support and loyalty at all times ,it is our wish that the entire workers of Ondo State will receive their September 2016 salaries and pensions without further delay,” the statement partly read.
The governor had in July through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye confirmed the receipt of N7.6billion by the state as part of the Paris Club Refund .
Akeredolu further said that 75% of the refund, which represents N5.7billion, would be used for payment of outstanding slaries and pensions ,while the remaining 35% which is N1.9billion would be devoted for capital projects.
It will be recalled that the government of Akeredolu upon inauguration in February 2017 met an outstanding six months salaries and pensions.
In April , the government offset that of a month ,leaving five months of September, October ,November, December and January as outstanding.