Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose in a state broadcast on Thursday lamented the fact that the state has been unable to pay its workers salaries, saying that he cannot sell himself or his family to pay salaries.
The governor who said he had no immediate solution to the problem, decried the dwindling federal allocation to the state.
“Right now, I’m helpless. It is difficult to sell myself, my family or my property. I can only depend on what I get from Abuja. I want workers to understand that it is my priority to make them comfortable.
Even before going on their strike, I got to know that many of them no longer come to office while many others were coming late to the office. Why I refused to come hard on those involved was that I had no moral justification to do so since I knew we were owing them.
I don’t have powers to prevent them from going on strike, we shall be waiting till when they come back. But they must realise that strike is not the best option.
Even in Government House, we don’t have money to power generators with diesel, whereas, I cannot sell myself or members of my family to raise funds, things are that difficult,” Fayose said.
The workers under aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) embarked on an indefinite strike to protest the nonpayment of the outstanding five months’ salaries of public workers in the state.
According to PUNCH, the workers are demanding the release of the staff audit and verification conducted in April, 2015, disclosure of the state monthly internally generated revenue, payment of arrears of five months’ salaries, pension and gratuities, payment of the September 2014 salary to primary school teachers and payment of the 2014 and 2015 leave bonuses.
They are also agitating for the implementation of promotion for 2013, 2014 and 2015, approval of inter-cadre transfer, remission of 10 percent IGR to the local government councils and the stoppage of the Joint Allocation Committee’s account, resuscitation of Local Government Staff Pension Fund and release of running grants.