I disbursed N1.8 billion in housing/car loans to workers, N2.9 billion in gratuities to retirees
By Priscilla Ediare, Teen-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi revealed that his administration had disbursed over N1.8 billion in car and home loans to civil servants, local government staff and teachers over the course of for the past four years as an appreciation for their commitment and as a demonstration of the government’s commitment to their well-being.
The Governor also revealed that his administration, during the period, paid a total sum of N2.9 billion as gratuities to retired civil servants and local government staff.
Speaking on Sunday at this year’s May Day rally held at the Ekiti Parapo pavilion in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, the governor assured that his administration was working out the terms of payment for a month. salary arrears (owed by the previous government) this month to commemorate Workers’ Day.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor further assured that the full clearance of the remaining arrears was under consideration after giving his approval for the cash implementation of the 2017 and 2018 promotions.
Dr Fayemi said the government has a duty to do more for workers, admitting inflation has deeply eaten away at the gains made by his first and second administrations over the past decade when workers have benefited from ‘a salary increase not less than three times.
Recalling the suffering inflicted on workers by the previous administration, Dr Fayemi said: “This is why we cannot afford to return to the dark era of non-payment of wages, allowances and pensions. We have already come out of the dark tunnel and we must resist all tricks to roll us back as a state.
Speaking during the June 18 gubernatorial election, the governor urged workers to “look at where we came from, where we are now and where we are going as a people and as a state. “, urging them to join his administration in building on the success recorded on laudable programs and policies.
Dr Fayemi added, “In everything we do, we must place the best interests of Ekiti State far and above all other considerations. Things can and should only get better. Therefore, let us together make the right choice, not only for ourselves but for our future generations.
The Governor revealed that N309 million, N339.2 million were disbursed as housing loans to local government officials and staff, respectively, while N571.3 million and N41.3 million naira were disbursed in the form of car and housing loans to civil servants and local government staff respectively. making a total of 1.2 billion naira.
On what teachers have benefited from the loan scheme, the Governor explained that while N287.3 million was disbursed as car loans to teachers, N299.8 million was disbursed to teachers as loans housing, totaling N587.1 million.
Giving a breakdown of gratuities paid since 2018, Dr Fayemi revealed that more than 2 billion naira have been paid to workers who have retired from public service, while 843.1 million naira have been paid to retirees from the civil service. local government service for a total of N2.9 billion paid as gratuity. .
He added: “We did all of this because we deliberately put the welfare and well-being of our workforce, the engine that drives our 5-pillar program, front and center despite our limited resources. .
“You will recall that at the beginning of this administration, most offices were cluttered and not conducive to work. As a responsible and responsive government that values the well-being of workers, we immediately sprang into action by undertaking building renovations and completing the derelict secretariat buildings.
“We have also provided office furniture and equipment through the MDAs. The state government has also extended the water supply to the Secretary of State.
“As a gender-responsive government, we have built a 21st-century public service that is safe and gender-responsive so that workers can use their potential for effective service delivery. J approved the first female department head and the administration approved paternity leave for male officers and six months maternity leave for nursing mothers in the civil service.
He also commended the leaders of the state workers’ unions “for their tireless engagements with the state government for the welfare of the workforce, which demonstrates their determination to advance the cause. workers in this difficult time”.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Comrade Kolapo Olatunde, has advocated extending the minimum wage to workers at grade 13 and above and paying a gratuity to workers who have taken their retired since 2013.
Olatunde said workers are praying for a successful gubernatorial election to produce a worker-friendly and focused leader who will benefit workers and retirees.
The state Trades Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Sola Adigun, urged the state government to come up with a bailout plan for the subsidized institutions to lift them out of their current economic situation.
Adigun also called for a gradual increase in grants to these institutions to sustain their existence.
The TUC boss called on political gladiators to play the game with the utmost sense of decorum “just as we know that regardless of party affiliation, the winner of the election will definitely come from Ekiti, no position worth the shedding of anyone’s blood”.