Stay away from pol­i­tics, Ak­eredolu warns Ondo work­ers


The Punch - - NEWS - Peter Dada, Akure

OVERNOR Ro­timi Ak­eredolu Ondo State has warned civil ser­vants in the state not to get in­volved in par­ti­san pol­i­tics as the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion is draw­ing nearer.

The gov­er­nor specif­i­cally warned the work­ers against wear­ing T-shirts and caps with po­lit­i­cal slo­gans, which could show their par­ti­san­ship dur­ing the elec­tion.

he asked them to al­low politi­cians to play pol­i­tics while they fo­cus on their of­fi­cial du­ties.

Ak­eredolu gave the warn­ing on Thurs­day in Akure, the state cap­i­tal, at a spe­cial prayer ser­vice to mark the first work­ing day in the New Year held at the gov­er­nor’s of­fice.

he de­clared that nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions of the public ser­vice would be ap­plied to sanc­tion any worker who vi­o­lated the civil ser­vice rules and reg­u­la­tions.

he said, “I don’t want any civil ser­vant to wear en­dorse­ment T-shirts for me. Civil ser­vants should not be in­volved in pol­i­tics.

“I don’t want work­ers to do like they did be­fore I came on board. They should fo­cus on their jobs and let politi­cians play pol­i­tics.

”We are all po­lit­i­cal an­i­mals, but work­ers should stay away from pol­i­tics. And if they want to do, it should be done moder­ately.”

On the new min­i­mum wage, the gov­er­nor said his ad­min­is­tra­tion would pay the new N30,000 min­i­mum wage as soon as the on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the or­gan­ised labour and the state govern­ment was con­cluded.

he noted that the state was among the very few states al­ready dis­cussing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new min­i­mum wage.

he said, “The or­gan­ised labour and govern­ment have been hav­ing dis­cus­sions and ne­go­ti­a­tions, and we are fine-tun­ing our con­clu­sions to en­sure that we come up with the most ac­cept­able and sus­tain­able salary struc­ture, con­sid­er­ing the fi­nan­cial strength of the state.

“I wish to as­sure you that pay­ment of the new wage would com­mence as soon as the on­go­ing dis­cus­sions and ne­go­ti­a­tions are con­cluded.“

In his words of ex­al­ta­tion, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Jude Aro­gun­dade, called on the gov­er­nor to work for the peo­ple of the state in the area of wealth gen­er­a­tion and cre­ation.

he stressed that this was nec­es­sary to en­able the state to be self-re­liant and needed not to be re­ly­ing on the fed­eral al­lo­ca­tions any longer.

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