Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has reduced the salaries of political appointees in the state by 50 per cent with immediate effect.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua said the Governor’s order was based on the impact of coronavirus in the state. Adding that the savings from the pay cut would be channelled into the execution and completion of developmental projects in the state as hitherto planned.
Olumilua however noted that civil servant in the state will not be affected but himself and the deputy governor will equally not be left out of the pay cut.
“The pay cut will affect the governor, the deputy governor and all political appointees down the line.
“Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive, and shall maintain status quo.
“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre -eminence over and above all other considerations.
“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 and has been forced to wake up to the current realities of our fiscal position.
“With promises made to the Ekiti people while seeking their mandate, coupled with the moral duty of improving their welfare, a time for making difficult decisions is at hand, and make them we must.
“Your patriotism, patience and co-operation, is highly appreciated at all times,” he said.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Ekiti state has eight COVID-19 cases, five active cases, one death and two discharged persons.
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