The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has said that he only received N9.6billion of the N29billion bailout request made to the Federal Government.
The governor who met with the Head Teachers of primary and secondary schools in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, as part of preparations for the Teachers Day Celebrations slated for Monday, noted that he was still expecting the Federal Government to approve the balance of the funds for the state.
He said of the N29billion the state applied for, N5.6billion was for the 16 local governments in the state, saying that what was received from the Federal Government was far below expectation.
“The state government was only given N9.6 billion, while only N991 million was approved for the local governments. Also, the statutory allocation for the state for the month had a shortfall of about N600 million,” Mr. Fayose said.
“The Federal Government did not capture most of the items listed and even refused to give any money concerning gratuities and pensions.
“From what we got, we have paid September 2014 salary and leave bonuses. The stakeholders that usually meet monthly to decide how to disburse monthly allocation to all agencies of government will meet and find the way out for us to be able to pay September 2015 salary,” he said.
The governor, while commending the teachers for their support for the government, urged them to be more dedicated to their duties.
“We are to make a difference and make Ekiti proud and reposition education in our state. It takes a man of vision to understand how to reposition a failing system. I will urge you and encourage you to reposition education in Ekiti State,” he said.
“This is the second meeting we are having and it will be regular. We will organise seminars instead of false examinations to terminate your appointments.
“We must encourage you not to force you to know why it should be like that. It is not that we must necessarily put a professor to head a ministry. A professor may not have the native intelligence to lead people.”
The governor urged the teachers to also come out in large number on Monday when they hold their day, saying the gifts promised them were already on ground.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Kayode Akosile, said teachers in the state were proud of the governor.