Governor, Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti state has directed that salaries of all political appointees be cut by 50 per cent with immediate effect.
The governor said that the action was part of his administration’s promise of ensuring improved welfare for the people of the state. He also, assured civil servants that this gesture will not affect workers’ salaries.
Governor Fayemi in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, said that the directive was the sacrifice of his government’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of the people more especially in this trying times of the coronavirus pandemic.
“ Consequent upon the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 scourge, the global economy has been severely affected, with the depression affecting Nigeria as a nation, and expectedly, our dear Ekiti State.
“As a responsive and responsible government, the Fayemi-led administration has taken stock of our financial situation, vis-a-vis our constantly decreasing receipts from the federation account, as well as our dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and has been forced to wake up to the current realities of our fiscal position.
“Savings from this pay cut will be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects, as previously planned.
”The pay cut will affect the governor himself, the deputy governor and others”. The statement said. Savings from this pay cut will be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects