– The salaries of political appointees in Ekiti state including Governor Kayode Fayemi, have been slashed by 25%
– Olapeju Babafemi, the state head of service, who announced this on Friday, June 4, in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of the state, said the changes would take immediate effect
– Babafemi noted that the salaries of the workers on Grade Level 7 to Grade Level 12 were also affected by the new development
The Ekiti state government has cut down the salaries of Governor Kayode Fayemi and his political appointees as well as that of workers on GL 07 to GL 12, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the new development was part of the measure by the state to navigate through the emergent financial challenges it is currently facing.
The report had it that the state government approved the new measures after reaching an agreement with the leadership of the organised labour.
The outcome followed series of meetings on the latest state of finance occasioned by a shortfall in the allocations from the Federation Account.
It was reported that an agreement to that effect was sealed and signed by the representatives of the government and leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in Ado Ekiti on Friday, June 4.
With the new agreement, Governor Fayemi, political office holders and other top government functionaries are to make a sacrifice of 25% reduction in their monthly salaries for three months effective from May to July 2021.
Vanguard also noted that the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage approved by the state government for officers on Grade Level 07 to Grade Level 12 would also be put on hold for three months effective from May to July 2021.
It was also agreed that the monthly Running Grants (RGs) released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on monthly basis be reduced to reflect the latest economics realities on ground.
Addressing a joint press conference with the Organised Labour on Friday in Ado Ekiti after the pact was signed, the Head of Service, Olapeju Babafemi, said the agreement was the high point of interactions Governor Fayemi started on May 4 when he presented a state of the state address on the financial position and how to address the challenges posed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) warned that workers in the country would embark on a nationwide strike if the National Assembly passes the bill seeking to move the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.
It was reported that the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning on Saturday, May 1, during an event organised to mark Workers’ Day in Abuja.
Wabba said the national minimum wage is a global standard that should not be removed from the exclusive legislative.