Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Friday promised that his administration will continue to give utmost attention to regular payment of pensions in the state in spite of financial constraints being faced by the government.
Akeredolu gave the assurance when he received 2020 May Day position paper from the state-organized labour leaders who visited him at the Government House Ground, Alagbaka Akure.
Akeredolu said he approved payment of 33per cent pension increase for retirees in the state due to his strategic love to improve the living standard of the senior citizens.
The governor, who appreciated the workers the efforts of the workers in the state for their understanding and support, assured that his administration would pay the outstanding one-month arrears of salaries and pension being the last of the inherited seven months arrears from the previous administration.
He said that the arrears would be paid before the end of his tenure in office, even if necessary to collect a loan to settle the arrear, adding that if the state income does not increase.
“We will continue to pay pension and gratuities, but is not as consistent as we have loved it to be; I received more than ten messages in a day on this. But I can assure you, we will continue to pay.
“We will try as much as possible to put more money there so that more people will get their pension and gratuities,” Akeredolu said.
Earlier, the Ondo state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye expressed appreciation to the governor for his administration’s approval of 33 per cent pension increase.
“Outstanding gratuities: without being immodest, Your Excellency, your administration has done well in the area of payment of gratuity to retired officers of the Public Service in Ondo State.
“Approval and payment of 33per cent Pension increase to Ondo State Pensioners.
“However, we pray that you put more effort at further reducing the backlog of Gratuity arrears in both the State and Local Government Pension offices,” Adeleye said.