The Ekiti State government says it would in the next few days refund money over-deducted from the salaries of workers for car, housing and computer loans.
This followed the submission of the report by a committee set up by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, which looked into the matter.
Speaking on radio and television in Ado-Ekiti Tuesday, Governor Ayo Fayose also promised that the projects embarked upon by his administration would be completed as scheduled.
The governor said teachers, whose salaries were over-deducted fell into those under the Teaching Service Commission and the State Universal Basic Education Board.
While giving the assurance that the money would be refunded shortly, the governor said steps had been taken to prevent a recurrence in the future.
On projects such as the flyover, the new Ojaba Market and the extension of the dualisation of the Ado-Ikere Road, Mr. Fayose said they would be completed on time.
He said the projects being undertaken were not misplaced, saying that certain facilities that should ordinarily make a state capital or local government headquarter look its worth were lacking in Ekiti State.
Mr. Fayose explained that he deliberately embarked on such projects to create long lasting legacies that would outlive him after his tenure of office.
“Only a foolish leader or politician will be working for the purpose of winning election alone but the wise one will do those things that will take care of the future,” Mr. Fayose said.
”The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is still being remembered for what he did. The dualisation of roads in Efon, Ikole and other places is being done despite the paucity of funds. We need a leader who has the vision and won’t be bogged down by paucity of funds or other hindrances. I have taken it to personally impact on people’s lives positively. We need to put the people first,” he said.
The governor enjoined the state workers, in their capacity as the engine room of government, to rally round his administration to deliver on its promises.
He threatened to embark on unscheduled visits to public offices, warning that any worker caught abdicating his responsibility in the process would be sanctioned.
He said the 20th anniversary of the state creation coming up on October 1,2016 would be low-keyed due to the economic realities of the day.