Jubilation in Ekiti as Fayose promotes 37,152 civil servants to mark workers’ day

Jubilation in Ekiti as Fayose promotes 37,152 civil servants to mark workers’ day

- Governor Fayose announced the promotion during the May Day celebration in Ekiti

- Fayose said the beneficiaries also included teachers, health workers and local government workers

- The labour unions in the state commended him for his people-friendly policies

The governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday, May 1, announced the promotion of 37, 152 workers in the civil service of the state during the celebration of the annual Workers’ Day popularly known as the May Day in Ado-Ekiti.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that the governor said the exercise covered promotions from 2015 to 2017 and that they will be paid all the entitlements.

According to him, teachers, local government workers, health workers and others were included.

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The report quoted a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, as saying Fayose confirmed that he stood by his earlier promise not to owe workers’ salaries by the time he would be leaving office come October.

“I appreciate the support that I have enjoyed from workers, even when the battle was fierce. I will never forget your role in bringing me back to office, particularly the teachers.

“My legacy was already rubbished when I left office but God and you made me come back.

“You made me a man of history in our state. I had no trade name, a family name that is recognised, but with your support, I was able to defeat two incumbents and become the first Ekiti person to be elected governor twice,” he said.

Concerning the harsh economic situation being faced by state and local governments, Fayose said the blame should go to the federal government’s handling of funds accruing to the national purse.

“Without doing that, states may continue to find it difficult to meet their expectations.

“For instance, this year’s benchmark for the federal budget is $42 but oil now goes for over $70 per barrel and instead of paying all the revenues to the federation account, the FG still operates an Excess Crude Oil Account contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court and they spend such funds without recourse to appropriate authorities,” he said.

The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Ade Adesanmi, commended Fayose for his love for workers and the manner he handled the farmers/herdsmen issue.

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Adesanmi also commended the governor for embarking on legacy projects despite the parlous state of the national economy.

On his part, Comrade Odunayo Adesoye of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), praised Fayose for his people-friendly policies.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, April 30, extended good wishes and greetings to all Nigerian workers on this year’s May Day celebration.

The party in a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, described Nigerian workers as key drivers of development despite the challenges they face.

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