By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
The Ondo state deputy governor and governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, has condemned the delay in payment of workers’ salaries and deductions in the state.
Ajayi noted that from Permanent Secretaries to the least workers in the state workforce should not be subjected to any form of torture before receiving their salaries and deductions.
The ZLP candidate stated this on Wednesday in Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state during the campaign.
The Deputy Governor noted that each time he acted as the governor of the state when Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was not around, he always paid workers salaries promptly.
Assuring workers in the state, the ZLP candidate said if he’s elected governor of the state on October 10, 2020, he would ensure workers in the state civil service receive their salaries and deductions as and when due.
He lamented that workers who joined various cooperative societies in different ministries, departments and agencies were could not access loans from the societies because their deductions were not remitted to the accounts of the societies by the state government.
The deputy governor recalled a time when workers were owed over N3.6billion unremitted deductions, adding that such development undermined the purpose of workers’ engagement in cooperative societies.
He, therefore, charged workers in the state to set themselves free through the ballot from the slave camp the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration had subjected them to by withholding their deductions unnecessarily.
Agboola Ajayi and his running-mate, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro were also in Akure North and Akure South for campaigns as approved by the security agencies in the state to avoid clash among seventeen political parties participating in the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election.
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