Ondo State Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko on Tuesday again met with labour union leaders and workers from Grade level 1 to 7 for understanding following his government’s inability to pay their five months salaries.
The meeting was held at the International Event Centre, Dome in Akure, the state capital on Tuesday.
Giving reasons why his government found it so hard to pay the workers, Mimiko said the state has about N3.4 billion in its coffers at present, out of which N2.7billion could pay local government workers and primary school teachers for only one month while the remaining N700m is capable of paying health workers.
According to him, “We have lost over 40% of our monthly lGR to the strike. l feel your pains; hospitals are down, accident victims are dying on a daily basis. We need to go back to work”.
The governor advised the workers to show understanding with his administration so as to end the strike.
Governor Mimiko had been rebuked for travelling to the United Kingdom while the workers were protesting their unpaid salaries.
But in their response, the workers vowed to continue with the strike as long as their salaries are not paid.