Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has been called upon by the state workers to block all revenue leakages in the state through the adoption of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system.
The workers noted that the system would avail the governor of the opportunity to adequately monitor the revenue inflow for the purpose of accountability.
State chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Oluwole Adeleye in his address on Sunday at the 2022 Workers Day rally in Akure, the state capital, cautioned that the government might revert to percentage payment of worker’s salaries if the state revenue failed to appropriate.
He disclosed that the funding facility tagged: ‘Bridging Facility’ offered States shore-up salary payments from November 2021 and ended in April 2022.
Represented by his deputy, Victor Amoko, the labour leader lamented the non-payment of salary to members of staff of the state-owned tertiary institutions, particularly Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, which currently had outstanding salaries of 12 months.
He also charged all workers in the state to get their Permanent Voter Cards(PVC) ready in preparation for the 2023 general elections and vote right.
Meanwhile, state Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Hellen Odofin, called on the government to earnestly pay salary arrears being owed her members from December 2021 till date and outstanding leave bonuses.
In his address, the Governor said no fewer than 4,279 personnel had been recruited by his administration into various critical sectors of the public service from 2017 to date, while over 3,532 eligible workers of different categories have been slated for promotion this year.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa, the governor promised to explore every available means to ensure that he met the obligations of paying worker’s salaries, pensions and gratuities, and subventions as and when due, irrespective of the fall in allocation accruing to the state from Federation Account. Akeredolu, therefore, charged the public servants to improve on their efficiency and be creative in carrying out their duties. (Independent)