Labour Unions in Ondo state has cautioned the state Accountant General, Mr Laolu Akindolire to immediately stop further release of funds to the outgoing administration of governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Mimiko’s eight years administration will an end this Friday but he will be leaving behind seven months unpaid salaries for the incoming administration of Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN to clear.
The warning is contained in a letter addressed to the AG and jointly signed by the chairmen of the Joint Negotiating Council, (JNC), Sunday Adeleye, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mrs. Bosede Daramola and Trade Union Congress (TUC) Soladoye Ekundayo.
The organized labour leaders noted that they were aware of a ground plot to mop up all funds in the state government’s accounts to finance frivolous projects by the outgoing administration.
The letter reads “it has come to our notice that the state government has already concluded plan to renege on the agreement with respect to the Paris club fund.
“For the umpteenth time, we want to state categorically that the agreement i.e at least 50 percent of the fund should be used to offset backlog of outstanding salaries, is sacrosant, therefore every attempt by the state government to divert the fund shall be vehemently resisted by workers.
“The consequent of non- payment of salaries for the past seven months has caused untold hardship upon our members coupled with the adverse effect of economic recession ravaging our country.
“Our maintenance of decorum in the face of this undeserved hardship should not be mistaken for weakness, ignorance, fear or misplacement of our priority.
“We are also aware that the state government ordered the mopped up of all the funds in the state government’s accounts to finance the payment of the contractors at the expense of workers’ salaries”.
The unions, therefore, advised Mr Akinkulire not to abuse his office in approving money apart from the payment of over seven months workers’ salaries.