Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said he has no plan to retrench or reduce salaries of workers in the state public service despite the dwindling allocations in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Head of Service, Mr Oluwadare Aragbaiye made this known at a press briefing on service-related issues in the state public service held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Akure.
Mr Aragbaiye equally revealed that the Governor had approved the recruitment of no fewer than 1,000 teachers to boost the state education system.
He added that 432 workers will soon be recruited to fill the personnel gaps in the critical areas of the Primary Health Care sector in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Governor Akeredolu has made regular payment of salaries and pensions its priority since inception of his administration,” Aragbaiye said.
“The State Government would continue to look inward to improve the state Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, to be able to improve the welfare of workers and meet other financial obligations including adequate funding of all ongoing capital projects across the state,” he reiterated.
In their separate remarks at the briefing, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye; Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) State Chairman, Comrade Olaniyi Fabunmi and Trade Union Congress (TUC( State Chairman Comrade Helen Odofin applauded Ondo State government on its efforts aimed at improving welfare of workers in the state.