Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has inaugurated a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of Hon. Agboola Ajayi, his deputy to look into the seven months outstanding salaries of workers left behind by the previous administration in the State.
It will be recalled that Arakunrin Akeredolu had during a meeting with workers in the State on 27th of February made a pledge to set up a committee to promptly addressed the issue of unpaid workers’ salaries.
The committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor commenced meeting this morning in the office of the Deputy Governor.
Other members of the committee includes the state Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu, Mrs F. B. Ogundipe – P.S. Ministry of Local Government & Chieftaincy, the Accountant General of the state, Mr Laolu Akindolire and the state Auditor General, Mr S. O. Adegoke.
The state NLC chairperson, Bosede Daramola and Mr Bode Ajigbolamu, Director, Central Pay Office are members.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the committee, Arakunrin Agboola Ajayi in his opening speech reeled out the terms of reference of the committee as follows :
1. To calculate total amount of arrears of salaries in state between August 2016 and January 2017.
2. To establish the causes of the unpaid salaries.
3.To recommend to Government ways and means of effecting payment of all arrears of unpaid salaries in the state and suggest ways of ensuring payment of workers’ salaries as and when due.
The committee is expected to submit its report within two weeks of commencement this assignment.
The chairman promised to carry the public along in the deliberation of the committee and urged members to feel free.