Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has said that he will pay all salaries before leaving office.
Governor Akeredolu said he would not leave unpaid salaries for his successor even though his predecessor handed over unpaid seven months salaries.
The Ondo Governor however blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the financial downturn of the State, saying it badly affected hindered regular payment of salaries.
Speaking at the Ondo State Health Summit at the International Culture and Event Centre (DOME) in Akure, Akeredolu said his administration has employed qualified personnel for the primary, secondary and tertiary health care facilities in addition to purchase of hospital equipment worth billions of naira from the United States.
“Again, we established Teaching Hospital Complexes in both Akure and Ondo city as well as established the Contributory Health Insurance Commission among other achievements that are well known to most of our health sector practitioners in the State,” the Governor said.
He said his administration is determined to sustain and continually improve on efforts at delivering effective and qualitative health care and social welfare services to the people.
The Governor stated that efforts are in top gear to continually employ qualified personnel for primary, secondary and tertiary health care facilities, stressing that shipments of several containers of hospital equipment worth billions of naira had been brought in to the state from the United States.
He assured of prompt attention to welfare of health workers.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Folukemi Aladenola, said the health summit was to tap into the experience of experts in the medical profession, policymakers, technocrats and critical stakeholders in the health sector towards updating the health policy in the state.