Ekiti HoS assures workers on payment of August, Sept salaries
EKITI State Head of Service (HoS), Dr. Gbenga Faseluka has denied the rumour making rounds in the state that the state government would not pay the arrears of salaries owed workers in the state.
Addressing a cross section of workers during an unscheduled visit to the state secretariat, the Head of Service explained that the delay in the payment of the salaries have been largely due to the meager resources accruing to the State from the Federation account stressing that the salaries would soon be paid.
The governor had inherited two months arrears of unpaid salaries from the immediate past administration in the state. The immediate past Kayode Fayemi administration owed civil servants September salary while teachers in the state service were owed August and September salaries
“It is outright falsehood for anyone to say that the Governor will not pay September salary owed every worker and the August salary for some agencies who could not pay their workers because they didn’t receive subvention for August. I think that include teachers and staff of the State University Teaching Hospital. Let me state categorically that government is making efforts to ensure that the salary arrears are paid.
“Since October when the present administration was inaugurated, it has not defaulted in payment of salaries whereas most states have not being paying their workers. I think we should be grateful for this. You can ask your colleagues from other states if you want to prove me wrong”, the Head of Service said.
The Head of Service who was at the Secretariat in company of some Permanent Secretaries reiterated that the welfare of the workers is the priority of the present administration in the state as demonstrated with the payment of January salary when other states are yet to pay salaries for the last three months.
While addressing the challenge of office accommodation, Faseluka assured that government is putting machinery in place to ensure that conducive working environment is provided for the workers in order to enhance their productivity.
He charged them to stick to the ethics of the civil service and warned against partisan politics, saying that anyone interested in politics should quit the service.
Faseluka stressed that all hands must be on deck to move forward in view of the huge debt burden on the state.
Meanwhile, some of the workers who spoke during the interactive session commended the State Governor for the regular payment of salaries.