BREAKING: Fayemi Completely Outshines Fayose, Set To Become The Best Ekiti State Governor

By Post-Nigeria: September 17, 2019 16:09

BREAKING: Fayemi Completely Outshines Fayose, Set To Become The Best Ekiti State Governor

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, has on Tuesday, said that the workers in the State Civil Service are currently being owed N57 billion, amounting to arrears of salaries and emoluments.
The Governor disclosed this at a meeting which he had with the Civil Servants, as well as a cross-section of Labour Leaders, at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Etiki State capital.

He revealed that his administration is making frantic efforts to defray the backlogs, which he said will be done in phases.
Fayemi claimed that the trend was caused by irregular payments of salaries and pensions by the immediate past administration of Ayodele Fayose.
He maintained that the arrears covered outstanding salaries, pensions, promotion arrears, leave bonuses, and other emoluments, from 2014 till October 2018, when he assumed Office.

The Governor also said that he was not opposed to Local Government autonomy in the State.
He noted that the Local Governments in the State are currently being given unfettered access to administer their own funds, without interference from the State Government.
He stated that he will honour his earlier pledge to pay all the outstanding workers’ benefits.
He clarified that some would be given immediate attention, while some would be defrayed in installments.
His words: “It is sad to reel out such a humongous figure, because it can create panic for you and me.

“But let me say that we cannot pay everything in one fell swoop, but the 2019 promotion arrears will be given immediate attention, while others will be defrayed in installments.
“It becomes difficult to pay once, because Ekiti gets a little above N5 billion monthly, with the State getting like N3 billion, while the LGs receive a little above N2 billion monthly”, he said.
On the issue of Local Government autonomy, Fayemi said that he never opposed to the idea of giving financial independence, being the closest to the grassroots.
“I am not opposed to it. Since I came back as Governor, not even one Naira of the Local Government money was being administered by me. I have allowed the Councils to manage whatever comes to them.”