National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has called on the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to pay the salaries and other entitlements owed the striking civil servants in the state.
NANS, while dissociating itself from the protest staged by concerned trade unions on Tuesday said, “He who works deserve his pay, as such the civil servants in Ekiti state should not be deprived of their entitlements”.
This is even as the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has apologized to government workers for the non-payment of their five months salary by Governor Ayo Fayose.
The apology was contained in a resolution reached at the State Executive Committee, SEC, meeting presided over by the Chairman, Chief Williams Sunday Ajayi in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
NANS, in a statement by its chairman, Comrade Cosmas Awopeju, in Ado Ekiti, challenged the governor to present evidence that he has not received salaries and security vote in the last five months.
The students’ body lamented that Nigerian students are facing serious hardship due to the inability of the state government to pay the salary arrears owed their parents.
Awopeju said,” We all share understanding with the governor over the little amount coming to the state as federal allocation, but we refused to agree with the governor that five months allocation was not enough to pay at least one or two months’ salary of workers in the state.
“The parents have been finding it difficult to cater for the upkeep of their wards in the face of the present economic hardship in the country. The apex student body in the state frown at the anti masses policies of Mr. Governor and implore him to do the needful.
“We use this medium to re-echo our voice against the unnecessary taxes the governor imposes on pupils in the state. The governor also in his discretion, reduced the subvention to the state-owned tertiary institutions and ordered them to source for internally generated revenues, which have made the tuition fee unbearable to the students”.
He however, urged the governor to give appropriate attention to every of the issues in the best interest of the state.
‘For avoidance of doubt, FESSU represents the interest of only students who are of Ekiti indigene, while NANS is the umbrella body of all students’ tertiary institutions in the state”.
Meanwhile, the Ajayi-led state PDP executive was declared as the authentic and legally recognized committee by the ruling of a Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti in a suit marked FHC/AD/CS/21/2016 in a ruling delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on May 15.
The court ordered the executives of the faction loyal to Fayose led by Gboyega Oguntuase to stop parading themselves as such and also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to recognize the governor’s faction.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Publicity Secretary, Dayo Owolabi, the PDP SEC sympathised with the workers who are presently on strike to demand for the payment of their salaries.
The communiqué reads in part, “The party sympathises with civil servants in the state and we apologise on behalf of the PDP for the misconduct of Mr. Governor and the party promises to advise him to toe the line of reasoning in the circumstance.
“The party resolves to bring dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of an average Ekiti person. The party resolves to work tirelessly towards reconciling the aggrieved members and bring back those who had abandoned the party.
“The purported meetings and/or congress held by Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase and his cronies are in contempt of the subsisting order of the honourable court. Any threat or act of intimidation by Mr. Governor or anyone acting for and on his behalf, shall be reported to the appropriate security agencies for prompt action. The PDP under Chief Williams Ajayi welcomes all and sundry into its fold without fear, favour or Ill-will.”

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