The Ekiti State Government has re-assured Civil servants in the state of his commitment to their welfare.
Governor Ayodele Fayose gave the assurance during a meeting with representatives of local government staff and primary school teachers across the state at the government House in Ado-Ekiti.
The Governor who cleared air on the payment of the Paris club refund said all government workers would be carried along once the refund is made.
“I called this meeting so I can clear the air on some issues, the labour leaders are aware of all that accrues to the state, I have been transparent about everything that comes in. The budget support fund will stop coming in from the end of this month.
“The state of our finances is terribly bad, I have taken them to court over some happening over our finances, $38/barrel was the benchmark in the budget, crude oil today sells above $50 per barrel, rather than have increase in allocation, our allocation is receding.
“In the last Paris Club refund, #8.8b was given Ekiti State, while the local government got #3.4b, the state got #5.4b, we were asked to spend 50% of the fund on capital projects.
This time around we were told we will be given 50% of the #8.8b we got before which means #4.4b will be shared by the two tiers.
“I want you to know it is blackmail when the FG say states should go and clear backlog of salaries with Paris Club refund. I have not received the second tranche, when I do, same way I called you today I will call you when the money comes so we discuss what to do with it. I am explaining to you so you can know it is blackmail when they say pay this, pay that with Paris Club refund”, governor Fayose said.
Responding to issues raised by some of the workers, the Governor promised to look into some of the issues and solve them within available resources.
The Governor who said he shared the pains of the workers promised to remain transparent in handling the finances of the state.
Some of the workers commended the governor for creating time to interface with them saying it has dispelled rumours about the expected Paris Club refund.
Thursday, March 22 2018, 7:10 am
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