The opposition party in a statement, on Wednesday, decried the percentage payment of workers salaries and welfare by the government, saying the development would make the forthcoming Christmas season bleak for the workers.
The statement which was issued by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kennedy Peretei was titled ‘Akeredolu’s misrule: Workers may celebrate christmas without pay.’
According to the statement, “The workers of Ondo State, their Christmas celebration is hanging dangerously in the hope that the Akeredolu-led All Progressives Congress government will be ‘magnanimous’ enough to pay salaries, at least one full month.
“For more than one year now, workers in Ondo State receive percentage salaries. It could be as ridiculous as 30 per cent of their monthly salary. At the last count, only June 2021 salaries have been paid in full. That means six months salaries are still outstanding. This is in spite of the N18.2 billion received in tranches as bailout from the Federal Government.
“The Joint Negotiating Council and Trade Union Congress in separate bulletins sighted online, pleaded passionately with the state government to pay a minimum of two months salary on or before December 18, 2021, to enable the workers celebrate Christmas. It added that their members shouldn’t endure the harsh economic realities of the time.
“That the leadership of organised labour unions have lost steam and become ineffective in demanding for the rights of workers is understandable. What cannot be understood is their inelastic capacity to endure suffering in this manner.
“As Christmas beckons, we can only plead with Rotimi Akeredolu to wear a human face in his handling of the affairs of the state and avoid many people falling into depression as a result of government policies under his watch.”
In a reaction, the state government, through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, in a statement, said the PDP lacked moral status to criticise Akeredolu on the area of workers welfare. He declared that the government would ensure workers enjoy the festive period. The statement was titled ‘PDP can’t pretend to defend its former victims.’
He said, “Yes, there are challenges and our desire is to face the these challenges headlong with a view to charting a more robust and holistic path to surmount same.
“We will, therefore, unlike the doomsday ilk that held sway before us, rather focus on exploring means to measure up with our avowed commitment to workers welfare than dispensing the state’s commonwealth to bribe higher powers for political stability as was the case before now.
“This government will ensure workers in the public service enjoy a very pleasant season. The next one week will manifest government’s seriousness in this regard. Workers will smile, as further deeper positive thoughts are already firmed up to ease economic challenges imposed on all of us by the global financial straits.
“Workers in the state public service are already well acquainted with the pretentious posturing of the PDP. They know too well that there could not have been a better advertisement of hypocritical vices by their immediate past tormentors.
“This party called PDP lacks the moral status to defend its former victims the current Akeredolu-led administration is striving hard to bring out of an eight-year old economic strangulation wrought on them by the viciousness of a flipant leadership.”
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