The Ogun State Government has assured its workers that their outstanding entitlements will soon be paid.
Gov. Dapo Abiodun gave the assurance in Abeokuta on Tuesday during the swearing-in of new Permanent Secretaries, Principals-General and Headteachers-General.
Abiodun said that workers, as “co-builders’’ who had contributed their quota to the advancement of the state, deserved to be “well taken care of’’.
He commended labour union leaders in the state for their maturity in handling labour issues.
“Our administration will not, and I repeat, will not, deny you of the rewards of your meritorious and hard work. You have all worked and contributed your quota to the continued development of our dear state.
“Personally, as a child of a retired public servant, I appreciate the import of these entitlements to the welfare, wellness and wellbeing of workers, whether serving or retired.
“I am particularly using this occasion to state the commitment of our administration to offset all outstanding dues and entitlements of workers, as soon as the financial status of the state improves,’’ he said.
The governor said that his administration did not renege on its promises, adding that it had been striving to put in place a good environment that would enable workers to deliver efficient and effective services.
He said that the payment of workers’ pensions and other entitlements were some of the issues that attracted his prompt attention and intervention when he assumed office.
“We have cleared the backlog of promotions of over 10,000 personnel in the education sector. We also sent some workers on overseas training, as we are committed to human capital development.
“I must state that the process to clear the backlog of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 promotions is at an advanced level,’’ he said.
The governor congratulated the new permanent secretaries, noting that their appointments were testaments of their past records.
He challenged them to do more in the service of the state and humanity.
According to him, the process that led to their appointments was based on factors like seniority, merit, professionalism, equity, inclusiveness and the overall interest of the public service and the state in general.
Abiodun said that he was restoring the positions of the Principals-General and Headteachers-General to motivate teachers to attain higher positions of authority.