– Governor of Ekiti state,Kayode Fayemi said that Civil servants are owed N57billion
– Fayemi claimed that the trend was caused by irregular payments of salaries and pensions by the former administration of Ayodele Fayose
– He said his administration is trying to clear the backlogs
The Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has said that civil servants are currently being owed N57billion as backlog of unpaid salaries and emoluments.
The Governor made this known at meeting with the civil servants as well as a cross section of labour leaders at the government house, Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday.
He said his administration is trying to clear the backlogs which he said would be done in phases.
Fayemi claimed that the trend was caused by irregular payments of salaries and pensions by the former administration of Ayodele Fayose.
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He said he would honour his earlier pledge to pay all the outstanding workers’ benefits.
“It is sad to reel out such a humongous figure because it can create panic for you and me,” he said.
“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 by instalment.
“It becomes difficult to pay once because Ekiti gets a little above N5billion monthly, with the state getting like N3billion, while the local governments receive little above N2billion monthly,“he said.
The Governor also said he was not one of those people who opposed to local government autonomy, 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, ”Fayemi said.
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“I have allowed the councils to manage whatever comes to them.”
Fayemi added that the state was considering alternative power supply option to strengthen the one being supplied from the national grid.