Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has hailed the resilience of workers in the state, describing their determination and undying spirit in the face of the tough economic challenges in the country as commendable.
This is contained in a press release signed by the Governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mr Segun Ajiboye and made available to newsmen in Akure.
Akeredolu, who said he values the civil servants' unflinching support for his administration, urged them to continue to give their best towards the progress and development of the state.
In his May Day message to workers in the state, the governor restated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of workers in the state.
While urging the workers to shun idleness and corruption, Akeredolu said he is determined to fulfil his promises that his administration will ensure that the workers are not owed salaries.
Meanwhile, as workers in Ondo state join their counterparts across the country to mark this year's May Day celebration today, labour leaders in the state have commended the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for his genuine commitment to the improved welfare of workers in the Sunshine State.
The labour leaders emphasised that the Governor has been able to pay three months salary within 47 days in office, including one month out of inherited arrears of salary, noting that Akeredolu deserves commendations from workers in the state for the development.
The state Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye and the state Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Soladoye Ekundayo, in separate telephone conversations with The Hope disclosed that the present administration led by Akeredolu has not disappointed workers in the state.
According to Comrade Adeleye, less than two months in office, the Governor has paid three months salary, one from arrears of salary he inherited and the remaining two for his administration.
He stressed that the development showed that Akeredolu is responsive and committed to the welfare of workers in the state, adding that the labour leaders and the entire workforce would continue to appreciate his kind gesture.
The JNC Chairman further said labour leaders in the state are convinced that the remaining inherited arrears of salary would be paid as soon as the Governor receives Paris Club refunds and there is improvement in the Federal allocations to the state and the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
"Despite the fact that what comes from the Federation account to the state is not enough to pay salary, the Governor has paid three months salary less than two months in office. Two months salary for his administration and one month out of the arrears of salary he inherited.
"We just want to plead with him that he should continue with the payment. Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to help the Governor.
"We hope and also pray that when the Paris Club refund is released and there is improvement in what comes to the state in terms of allocation and IGR, the Governor will clear all the arrears.
"But so far so good, we are convinced that Arakunrin Akeredolu is committed to a better welfare of workers in Ondo state", Adeleye asserted.
The TUC Chairman, Comrade Ekundayo stated that though two-months is too short in the life of an administration, the Akeredolu-led government has not let down the workers.
Ekundayo particularly said Akeredolu does not play politics with issues and that he does not joke with the welfare of workers in the state.
"On behalf of Trade Union Congress, I want to use this medium to thank the Governor for paying one out of arrears of salary and also for paying workers up-to-date since he assumed office less than two months ago.
"This shows he is committed to the welfare of workers and the people of the state in general", he added.
The labour leaders also expressed their readiness to support programmes and policies of the government aimed at transforming the lives of the people of the state.