Ekiti Workers To Receive August Salary This Week, Says Fayemi

Kayode FayemiThe outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has assured workers in the state that their salaries for the month of August would be paid before the end of this week.

Fayemi, who gave the assurance on Monday during the flag off of his ‘Thank You’ tour of the 35 councils in the state, also denied looting the treasury.

He said public funds in the last four years had been judiciously spent even as his administration had not defaulted payment of salaries since it came on board in October 2010.

The governor added that the state government used to get overdraft to pay salaries before the state gets allocation until the incoming Peoples Democratic Party administration approached the bank in June and warned it against honoring such loan requests.

Highlights of the tour include the commissioning of road projects as well as community empowerment projects.

Fayemi said the developmental projects, which included intra-township road projects, civic centre and palace projects, were the manifestations of the promises he made to the people in 2007 during his electioneering campaign.

He said, “We are a civil service state and many of our workers are agitated on what is happening to their salaries. Very soon, the efforts that we are making to ensure that their salaries are paid would yield fruits.

“This is the first time in four years of being in office that we have not had the payment of salaries as and when due. And the reason is simple: first the resources of the state has dwindled considerably.

“The allocation had reduced by 40 per in many states, not just in Ekiti and as a result of that, we also had a shortfall in what comes to Ekiti. What we have done in the last six to eight months is to reach an understanding with our financial institutions to help defray salaries so that when we have money, we can defray whatever remains on our behalf”.

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