Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose in his magnanimity has pardoned the 31 workers who were late to work on Monday. It will be recalled that the governor tweeted pictures of latecomers earlier this week.
Governor Fayose made this known at a meeting with civil servants in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday that discussed the proposed federal government’s bailout plan.
“I am begging workers to get to work on time. If we are paying salaries on time, then civil servants must also reciprocate that by coming to work on time.
“Also, people must be ready to pay rates, taxes and levies. If civil servants are paying taxes, others should pay as well. Our IGR must improve,” he said.
To the issue at hand, the governor explained the state’s financial plan in details.
“They say they are restructuring N18.8bn of our commercial loans and with the nine per cent interest, by the time the money is repaid in 20 years, we would have paid an extra N36bn as interest. That means the N18bn would have become N56bn.
“I am addressing you on the issue so that before I commit the state to taking the loan, I have to get your permission. The main consequence of the bailout is that it is from same monthly allocation from the Federal Government that we will accommodate servicing the N25bn bond we inherited from the previous administration.
“When allocation comes and they are deducted from source, do not say I did not tell you. I set up a technical committee to see to how we disburse monthly allocations coming to the state. The committee has members drawn from labour unions, tertiary institutions, among others. We do this to allow for transparency in the system,” he stated.
The Ekiti State Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka while reacting to the pardon granted to the erring workers promised the cooperation of civil servants to the Fayose administration.
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