Stop N2Billion Govt House lodge to protect Ondo workers, Doctors —PDP tells Akeredolu
By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has advised Ondo state Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to discontinue with his administration’s plan to build another Government House lodge with alleged two billion naira amidst irregular payment of salaries to workers.
The main opposition party’s State Chairman, Alhaji Fatai Adams, who gave the charge while speaking with newsmen in Akure, also expressed concern over mass resignation of medical doctors from the state Public service as a result of percentage salary payment.
According to Alhaji Adams, it is a height of callousness for any state government to be proposing multi-billion naira new Governor’s Lodge when teeming workers are hungry as a result of accumulated unpaid salaries.
The Ondo PDP Chairman flanked by his Executive officers, said there was a need for the governor to discontinue the building project to enable him focus on the payment of salaries of the state workforce and medical doctors.
Adams said, “RESIGNATION OF MEDICAL DOCTORS: Here in Ondo State, we are seriously alarmed by the unfortunate resignation of over 105 medical doctors from the Ondo State public service over the inability of the government to pay the medical personnel their due salaries and hazard allowances as and when due.
“Apart from the failure of government to pay, Governor Akeredolu unapologetically told the Doctors in a widely televised program that the services of the doctors were not indispensable.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is worrisome as we all know that we are dealing with the health and lives of our people here. I’m sure you’ll all recall that Ondo State was the destination for medical tourism in the South West because of the first class service delivery found here under the PDP Administration.
“According to the Nigerian Medical Association records, no Medical House officer has been employed by the Ondo State Government since 2019, a situation that is responsible for the poor services rendered in the hospitals.
“The available few hands are already overwhelmed and overstretched by the high number of patients coming for medical attention. This is very pathetic. Our people are dying unattended to! This portends grave danger eSpecially in a period when all manners of epidemic rear their ugly heads.
“A NEW GOVERNMENT HOUSE: While the present Administration of Akeredolu has a backlog of un-paid salaries of workers, it is proposing to build a 2-billion naira new Government House in Akure.
“This is not only ridiculous but the surest evidence that the Governor has completely lost direction. Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Akeredeolu‘s predecessor built a very befitting Government House, in 2013, a few years before Akeredolu assumed the reins of government,” the PDP Chairman said.