The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has promised not to receive his salary until the workers in the state are paid their owed salaries.

Speaking on Sunday, the governor said the civil servants in the state were being owed N38 billion, while N41 billion were owed pensioners as gratuities.

Akeredolu was represented at the third session of the 11th Synod of Diocese of Akoko, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) by the Government House Chaplain, Venerable Benjamin Babalola.

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He also noted that the people of the state would not regret voting him as their governor.

He said, according to Punch that “By the special grace of God, our administration will soon offset the salaries owed the workers. The salary arrears owed workers by the previous administration amounted to N38.57bn, while N41.5bn was owed to retirees as gratuities.

“And to the workers, let me say it loud and clear once again that I am resolute in my commitment to make your welfare the priority of the administration.

“I am aware of your pains and agony. I feel your pains and what you are going through and I can see your suffering. But faith in God, I am re-affirming my promise that I will not collect a dime until civil servants are fully paid their salary arrears.”