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Ekiti Halts Minimum Wage, Slashes Political Appointees’ Salary

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In reaction to the current economic situation in Nigeria, the Kayode Fayemi-led Ekiti State government has tampered with appointees’ salaries, including the suspension of the N30,000 minimum age.

Under the present agreement, the government had partially suspended the formidable Adjustment already effected for workers on grade levels 07 and 12 since January 2021, for a period of three months.

The few lucky ones, from Grade level 01-06, were the ones entitled to the initial N30,000, being a decision reached between the governor and Organized Labour Organizations

Contained in the signed agreement read by the TUC Chairman, Com Sola Adigun was the suspension of the consequential adjustment for certain categories of workers for a period of three months spanning between May and July 2021.

It was agreed that the salaries of political appointees be slashed by 25 percent for a period of three months. The agreement tallies with the reduction in funds earlier released for office maintenance too.

The meeting, which recommended the organisation of the Economic Review Committee meeting five days after the meeting of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee, was interested in making the workers realize the state of the State financially.

In furtherance of its aims, 10 per cent of the State’s Internally generated revenue must be devoted to the local governments.

The Head of Service, Peju Babafemi, said “She said: “The revenue-generating committee has been saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the state works hard and rakes in more monies to finance the State.

“I am confident that governor Kayode Fayemi will surely bring his ingenuity and wealth of experience to bear and we shall navigate out of this difficult situation soon. We thank the labour leaders for their understanding and show of solidarity”.

The SSA on Labour Matters, Oluyemi Esan, saluted the labour leaders for showing understanding in this matter.

“The labour and worker populace have been supporting the government since inception in 2018. When government is taking a stiff decision like this, please, let us show understanding knowing that this present government is worker friendly . Let us continue to be partners in progress”, Esan appealed.

Also speaking on the agreement , JNC Chairman, Com. Kayode Fatomiluyi, said it is a known fact that Nigerians and especially workers are passing through hard economic situation that had disproportionately affected every state of the federation.

The government must adhere strictly to this agreement , because it is a painful one, but we call it a Doctrine of Necessity. We have to abide by it in the interest of our dear state and colleagues in the service.

“No labour leader would want his workers disengaged directly or indirectly and we thank the government for not thinking in this direction. That is the direction we want our colleagues to look at it.

“Even Aliko Dangote as rich as he is won’t want his money to be reduced by one naira let alone a worker in Ekiti.
We are assuring our workers that we will continue to protect their rights always”.

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