Ekiti State may join the league of states in the country that may not be able to pay salaries of workers as at when due, as the workers still awaits their April salary.
Governor Ayo Fayose, while speaking in Ado Ekiti recently during the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, delegate conference, where Comrade Ade Adesanmi, emerged as the new chairman of NLC in the state, assured workers that he would pay their salary regularly in accordance with his vow during the electioneering campaign.
According to Fayose, a sum of N2 billion was received for April from the federation account, even when the wage bill of workers stands at N2.6 billion, saying he would have to convoke a meeting of all relevant stakeholders to seek advice on how to break the problem of financial crisis in the state.
Speaking on the development, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Toyin Ojo, said the governor had started liaising with labour leaders and other critical stakeholders on issue bordering on wages.
Ojo, while speaking with newsmen on the matter said government has started discussing with labour leaders on how to get suggestions that would be of tremendous help to the state government.
He said: “What are we going to do when allocation from the federation account has dropped. We want all of us to sit down and discuss it.
“We are laying our cards on the table. We want our stakeholders to give us suggestions. It is after we have agreed on modalities that we will stand paying.
“We are discussing with the labour leaders on this issue, because it is a matter of greatest concern to Governor Fayose, who had vowed not to owe these workers.
“It is our wish to pay them as and when due and that was why we are seeking suggestions from them. As we are doing this, we were showing them evidence of what we have been getting from the federation account and how we have been spending it.
“We had been able to show them the amount to be spent on salaries, running grants, subventions to institutions and other recurrent expenditures in order of priority to government’s statutory financial operation”.
The commissioner allayed the fears that the state may not pay salary, saying no stone will be left unturned to ensure regular payment of workers benefits.


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