Governor Fayemi calls the bluff of striking workers in Ekiti State.
The Ekiti State Government says it will pay the 19,000 naira minimum wage only after the on-going audit of local government workers in the state.
Governor Kayode Fayemi made this known in Ekiti while speaking on the agricultural and infrastructure development projects of the state government.
He said that the staff audit would rid the 16 local government areas in the state of ghost workers, a trend he said has over-bloated the workforce and depleted government’s finances through the payment of salaries.
The local government workers, under the umbrella of Nigeria Union of Local Government (NULGE), on Wednesday, declared an indefinite strike over the inability of the state government to pay the N19 thousand minimum wage.
The union expressed displeasure over the non-payment of the minimum wage to the council workers while other categories of workers were duly paid the package.
Mr. Fayemi, who promised to pay the minimum wage, said he would only commence payment after the staff auditing in all the councils are completed.
“Whatever is owed after the audit is completed in terms of arrears, we would settle,” the governor said.
“We have no issues with not paying minimum wage, we already paid minimum wage in the state, one of the very first states to pay minimum wage,” Mr. Fayemi added. “Our issue is very simple. We need to know who exactly is an authentic worker in the local government.”
While commenting on the state’s contribution to the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, Mr. Fayemi disclosed that Ekiti State is fully involved in the cassava bread initiative and cassava export programme of the Federal Government.
“We have full fleshed cassava processing industries here in the state. We have bakers, we have bakeries that are configured for cassava bread production now, and that’s really what we consume in the state so we are going to go commercial with it,” he said.
The governor promised to meet up with the expectations of the people in carrying out projects that would accomplish the eight-point agenda of the administration in governance, agriculture, infrastructure development, education, health care, industrial development, tourism, and gender equality.
In the education sector, he revealed that 100 of the state’s 183 schools are undergoing renovation to create a conducive learning environment and promote quality education.