Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is in the eye of the storm following allegation by the state workers that he diverted N20.9b Paris Club debt refund for the payment of their salary and pension arrears.
The workers voiced the claim while addressing newsmen after a meeting between them and Gov. Akeredolu at the Cocoa Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, called to clear the air on the alleged diversion of the said sum was a bit of a fiasco.
According to the workers made up of leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiation Committee(JCC), they arrived the meeting venue on time but were kept waiting for four hours by the governor.
They accused Akeredolu of walking out on them in the middle of the meeting, saying the workers may decide to embark on strike after briefing the entire workforce about their alleged mistreatment by the governor.
“On the Paris Club refund, we know that the money got to the account of Ondo State government, about N20.9billion; they did not even inform us; not until we got the information about it three weeks ago and we confronted the state government and they were saying that it has been withdraw back by the CBN.
“We are suspecting that government is not sincere with the money, if they are sincere they should address journalists on the matter.
“After we had spoken, Mr. Governor just stood up and walked out on us”, the JNC Chairman, Comrade Abel Oloniyo stated.