Fayemi Urges Fayose to Set Aside N5.5bn June Allocation to Pay Salaries
Workers, CNPP issue 14-day ultimatum over salary
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has asked the outgoing Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to set aside the June 2018 federal allocation of N5.52 billion for the payment of salaries and other entitlements of workers.
A statement by Fayemi’s Media Director, Wole Olujobi, said that henceforth, Fayose must make accountability and human face critical factors in the policies of his administration.
He said the usual practice by the governor to collect federal allocations and call stakeholders meetings to deceive Ekiti people on the sharing formula between the state and local governments would no longer be acceptable.
“But we want to say that the state has received N5.52 billion fresh June federal allocation and we demand that the money be spent to pay salary, and should not be subjected to the circus of lies and deceits that often accompanied the sharing of the allocations in the past whereby local governments were given their shares in the morning and in the night they would be coerced to return the money to the governor’s office while local governments workers remained unpaid for nine months.
Fresh reports on the status of the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) have indicated that between October 16, 2014 to date, the state has a revenue profile of N34,560,000,000 kept in secret accounts in one old generation bank account and another new generation
bank account, yet there is nothing to suggest that the money was spent for the benefit of Ekiti people,” he explained.
Meanwhile, workers of the state have issued a 14-day ultimatum to Fayose to pay all arrears of salaries and pensions of retirees.
Acting under the aegis of Ekiti State organised labour, said the Fayose government must clear all arrears of workers’ entitlements before a new government takes office on October 16.
Also, the Conference of Nigerian Political Party (CNPP), Ekiti State chapter, has cautioned the civil servants in the state not to be part of alleged altering of official documents in a desperate attempt by
Fayose to cover up some of the shoddy deals embarked upon by his administration.