FREEPRESS – Ondo State government under Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has kept to its promise of improved workers’ welfare and prompt payment of salaries.Governor Akeredolu noted this at the annual prayer meeting with civil servants at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, yesterday, being the first working day of the year.
The governor, on assumption of office, had promised the state’s workforce that he would not owe salaries, but improve on the welfare of the workers. Akeredolu said that his administration would balance its duty to the people and the civil servants, charging the latter to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the state for optimum performance.
Stressing that the government would not record any success without the bureaucracy, the governor thanked the civil servants for their cooperation, pledging to re-engineer the service for better performance.His words: “When I came into office, I made a promise that we will not owe workers’ salary, and we have not owed. Yes, salary is a right. Though you had been denied, we will not deny you the right of your salary.
“We have a responsibility to the people of the state and the civil servants; we will try and balance it. We are determined to see what we can do. But there is no way we can be successful without the bureaucracy. “I must say; we have enjoyed the cooperation of the civil servants. If you have complaints, please tender it. Complaint is part of the burden of leadership, and I am ready to accept it because Moses suffered the same fate. At the end of the day, we will all smile.”
“Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the service of the state. There are lots that can still be done. We will re-engineer our civil service, but not by retrenching people. Reorientation of the civil servants and re-engineering of the service are tasks that must be achieved.”
The governor lauded the security agencies for confronting the security challenges in the state, adding that the military had combed the forest reserve in Akure/Owo/Akoko highway, while the police were constantly patrolling the area.