The Ondo state government on Sunday said it would use 75 percent of the Paris Club Refund to pay salaries of the state workforce.
The state Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu, made the disclosure through a statement issued in Akure, the state capital.
In the statement signed by his media officer, Tope Akinjide, the Head of Service said that the present administration holds public servants in the state in high esteem and would ensure salaries are paid as at when due.
He said the state government would not use the Paris Club Refund for any other purpose than to pay the salaries of the state government workers.
“Nobody would spend one kobo of what accrues to payment of workers’ salaries in the Paris Club Refund.
“Guidelines that followed the release of the money to the states stated that 75 percent of the fund will be used for payment of salaries and 25 percent for other exigencies of government,” he said
He explained that contrary to rumor the state government was yet to receive the ecological fund and repayment from the federal government on fund spent to maintained road in the state.
Akinkuotu explained that remaining 25 percent of the money as approved by the guidelines from the Federal Government will be used for other exigencies of the government.
According to him, the government has made a proposal to the labour union on the payment of salaries to categories of workers since the money cannot cover all the salaries of workers.
Akinkuotu added that the net payment of the Paris Club refund to Ondo State after deductions from the source is less than N7bn and that a percentage goes to the local governments.
He added that what is left is not enough to pay the one-month salaries of all categories of workers in the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had in July confirmed that the state received N7. 03 billion as the Paris Club refund for the state.
Mr. Akeredolu had also promised to expend the refund in the payment of workers and pensioners salaries and gratuities.
Daily Times learned that talks was ongoing between the state government and leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the modalities that would be apply in the payments the salaries.