The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of being uncaring towards workers.
The party was reacting to Fayose’s message to the civil servants that they should not expect salary in January.
The APC warned the Governor Fayose against deceiving the people on the financial status of the state, saying the current allocation to Ekiti state is enough to pay workers’ salary, The Nation reports.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 22, by Taiwo Olatunbosun, the publicity secretary of the party in the state.
The statement read: “October allocation to the state government is N1, 967,380,219.98, while allocation to the 16 local governments is N1, 668,555,972.02 totaling N3, 635,936,192.00. This is aside from the N9 billion bailout which is meant to clear arrears of salaries but which he has diverted and yet to account for.
“If Fayose claims he spends N2.6b for workers’ salary, which is inflated anyway, what does he do with the balance, particularly as he doesn’t have any infrastructural development spending?”
The party wondered how Fayose would come before the workers and tell them he did not have money to pay salary after sacking thousands of workers, cutting running grants to civil servants, refusing to fund security agencies, refusing to pay pensioners and stopping monthly social security stipends to the elderly.
The APC noted that the Ekiti governor promised to reduce fees at the state university while campaigning but now they even paying higher than when Kayode Fayemi was governor.
“Fayose’s failure to comply with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) guidelines, including paying counterpart fund, was responsible for banning of the state from accessing Federal intervention fund to run primary schools, while he has also refused to pay counterpart fund in the running of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the result of which has forced pupils to pay fees in primary schools,” Olatunbosun added.
Some Ekiti workers recently said they were being owed three months salaries by the governor, but have been paid a minute percentage of their basic take home as Christmas bonus.
A cross section of the workers were of the opinion that the governor should squarely face the herculean task of governing the state, instead of preoccupying himself with being the most outspoken opposition governor in Nigeria.