- Governor Ayo Fayose is alleged to be plotting the sack of 3,500 workers from the Ekiti civil service
- The Concerned Ekiti Patriot says Fayose gave the hint while speaking on radio
- The group says the state can pay its workers while warning the governor to jettison the plan
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state is allegedly planning to retrench a total of 3,500 workers from the state’s civil service, the Concerned Ekiti Patriots (CEP) has alleged.
The CEP warned the governor to immediately jettison the idea to avoid facing the wrath of the people of the state.
However, attempts made by NAIJ.com to get Lere Olayinka, the governor’s spokesperson, to react proved futile as a message sent to him was yet to be responded to at the time of this report.
CEP alleged that “in a radio programme monitored in Lagos recently, Fayose hinted on the possibility of retrenching about 3,500 workers in a bid to reduce the government’s monthly wages and financial burden of six months unpaid salaries to state workers and nine months to local government staff.
“The governor, who was responding to a caller in the phone-in segment of the programme, had said that retrenching about 3,500 workers would give the government some relief, insisting that the civil service was over-bloated.
“He added that the office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) was already compiling the list of redundant workers for the purpose of relieving them of their duties,” CEP alleged.
The interest group, which reacted through its coordinator, Elder Alaba Olugbade, warned that retrenching workers, who are already being owed several months of unpaid salaries, was not the solution to the state’s financial crisis.
CEP noted that the two tranches of the Paris Club loan refunds, the N1.3 billion budget support facility monthly and the federal allocations to the state were sufficient to offset the salaries of the workers if properly utilised.
“Rather than waste scarce resources of the state on white elephant projects and political patronage, the resources could be deployed for salary payments and some basic infrastructure that would make lives of the citizens of the state more meaningful.
“If truly Governor Fayose was serious about retrenching 3,500 workers as the condition for financial well-being of the state as pointed out in the radio programme, then he must be prepared to face the music as the workers and the entire citizens who have been pressed to the wall by his obnoxious administrative style would have no choice than to charge back.
“While we appreciate the general down-turn in the economic situation of the country, we make bold to say that some other states, such as Lagos, Kebbi, Taraba and Ebonyi with forward-looking governors are busy exploring other areas of opportunities like agriculture to shore up their revenues and make life better for their citizens and this is paying off as reflected in the increase in IGR and employment opportunities.
"Instead of the governor to copy his colleagues in transparency and creativity, what Ekiti people are seeing are over-priced white elephant projects being awarded by the governor to cronies and his family members while no one knows anything about the internally generated revenue profile of the state after Governor Fayose increased rates, taxes and tarrifs, including introducing fresh and suffocating taxes.
“We can only hope that Governor Fayose will drop his daily theatrics and wear his thinking cap and proffer solutions to the state’s economic woes. Certainly, retrenching workers should not be part of it.
“It is sad to note that under the administration, revenue-earning projects, such as the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort, Ire Burnt Bricks, state pavilion, Fountain Investment as well as service-providing outfits, such as state Traffic Management Agency, Peace Corps, which employed over 3,000 Ekiti indigenes, have been crippled by the governor.
“As a group that has interest of the state and its citizens at heart, we would not hesitate to lead a protest walk against the governor if he refuses to order the SSG office to stop the planned retrenchment within a week,” the statement added.
NAIJ.com earlier quoted The Nation as reporting that seven local government pensioners have died in Ekiti state in the last two weeks following the hardship they faced with non-payment of their pensions and gratuities.
According to the report, this was revealed at the monthly meeting of the pensioners in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Monday, October 30.
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