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The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has advised the State Governor, Ayo Fayose to judiciously utilise the N4.732bn allocation received from the Federal Government, stressing that the money can offset at least, four months’ salaries from the arrears owed workers. 

Spokesman of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun in a statement on Sunday urged Fayose to use the latest allocation to bring relief to workers and pensioners through payment of their entitlements.

According to Olatunbosun, “The people of the state know the wage bill of the state is not up to N2.6 billion as always claimed by Fayose.

“Since he claims to be a friend of the masses, Fayose should be honest with Ekiti people and with God now that he has been exposed by adding the N4.7 billion state allocation to the local government allocation, which is almost the same amount.

“It is gratifying that the Federal Government announced the July allocations to the 36 states, giving details of figure each of the states receives.

”Governor Fayose is fond of distorting facts about allocations to the state and on several occasions, lying that the state receives barely N500 million after deductions.

“Now that the Federal Government has announced that the July allocation to Ekiti State is N4.732 billion after deductions and separate from the local government allocation, Ekiti people can no longer be deceived that the state received peanut in July as an excuse for failure to pay salary.”

Olatunbosun also called on the governor to convert the proceeds of his alleged illegally gotten properties into paying workers workers’ salaries.

He said, “As a friend of the masses and workers, this is the time to surrender the proceeds of sales of such illegal properties to help his friends in need over inability to pay their salaries.

“Only two weeks ago, Fayose received another N1.3 billion Budget Support Fund from the Federal Government to pay salary. This is in addition to the July state and local government allocation totalling over N9 billion naira.

“With this, there is no excuse for shortage of funds to pay salaries of the suffering Ekiti workers, who are at the receiving end of crooked financial regulations in the state with its adverse consequences on the economy of Ekiti as a civil service state.”

He further warned that the party, “will do everything under the law to make Fayose use the money to pay workers’ salary and pensioners’ allowances.”

 

Last modified on Monday, 25 July 2016
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