Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has committed about #5 billion to payment of Pension and Gratuity owed retired Public Servants in the state since the year 2011.
The State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye, who stated this while answering questions from Journalists in his office in Akure, said Retired Officers now receive their pension at the same time the Serving Officers receive their salary, saying that this is a clear departure from the time when Retired Officers were owed pension arrears for months.
Mr Aragbaiye commended Governor Akeredolu for making the payment of Salary and allowances of Workers a topmost priority been the first expenses to be deducted from the state monthly allocation, adding that the promotion of deserving Public Servants were been conducted earlier than what it used to be during the past administration while letters of promotion and the financial benefits were promptly released to the beneficiaries.
He hinted that the state government has compiled the list of available vacancies across sectors of the Public Service with a view to employing fresh Workers to re-energize the Civil Service for higher productivity and delivery of quality service to the people of the state.
Speaking on the achievements of Governor Akeredolu’s Administration in the last two years, Mr Aragbaiye noted that there is a silent industrial revolution going on in the state which focuses on creation of industrial hub in different zones across the state, starting with the Ore Industrial hub in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state where some investors from within and outside the country have sited notable industries that have provided employment opportunities to the unemployed youths in the state.
He added that the Investment Promotion Agency set up by Governor Akeredolu’s Administration has continued to attract interested investors to signing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with reputable companies for the industrial development of the state.
He further explained that the Administration of Governor Akeredolu embarked on massive renovation of public primary schools across the local government areas of the state within the last two years, noting that over 700 of such schools have been renovated and equipped with modern infrastructure such as boreholes, furniture, toilet facilities and perimeter fence.
In the health sector, the Head of Service, said the state government had invested huge amount of money on renovation of primary health care centers across the state with a view to providing quality healthcare services to the people in the local communities, procurement and distribution of modern healthcare equipment to government owned hospitals and health centers while Teaching Hospital had been established to train health workers and boost the manpower needs in the state health sector.
He also commended the Governor for embarking on massive rehabilitation and construction of roads across the three senatorial districts of the state, thereby providing easy movement of both human and material resources from one location to the other, describing the gigantic Ore Inter-Change Fly Over along Benin/Lagos Express Way as a major achievement of his administration.
Mr Aragbaiye therefore called on the people within and outside the Public Service to continue to fulfill their obligations to the state government by promptly paying their taxes and levies in order to cushion the effect of the dwindling allocation from the federation account as well as boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the state to enhance more developmental projects.