Salaries: Hold FG Responsible, Mimiko Tells NLC, TUC

By James Sowole in Akure

As appeals made on Tuesday by the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko,  to workers to end their three weeks’ strike fell on deaf ears, the governor has said that the solution to the inability of  many state governments to pay their workers’ salaries  lies with the Federal Government.
The governor therefore tasked the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to engage the Federal Government in discussions that would ensure payment of all or part of outstanding money owed various states of the Federation.
Specifically, Mimiko stated that states were being owed about $6 billion dollars which was over-deducted for the Paris Club debt payment, adding that the share of Ondo State from this money is about $100 million.
He said apart from the over-deduction for the Paris Club debt, the Federal Government was owing the state about N9 billion for the repair of the Federal Government’s roads in the state.
 All efforts by the Ondo state government to persuade its striking workers to call off their indefinite strike over unpaid six months salaries has today met the brick wall again.