COVID-19: Fayemi slashes political appointees’ salaries by 50 percent



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COVID-19: Fayemi slashes political appointees’ salaries by 50 percent

Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti



 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has directed that salaries of all political appointees in the state, including himself and his deputy, be slashed by 50 per cent with immediate effect.



Fayemi said the development was as a result of the crumbling global economy occasioned by the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, said the that from the pay cut would be channelled into the execution and completion of legacy projects in the state, as hitherto planned.

“The global economy has been severely affected and it has affected Nigeria’s economy as a nation and expectedly, Ekiti.

“As a responsive and responsible government, the Fayemi-led administration has taken stock of our financial situation, vis-a-vis our constantly decreasing receipts from the Federation Account, as well as our dwindling internally generated revenue and has been forced to wake up to the current realities of our fiscal position.

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“With promises made to the Ekiti people while seeking their mandate, coupled with the moral duty of improving their welfare, a time for making difficult decisions is at hand, and make them we must.

“The pay cut will affect the governor, the deputy governor and all political appointees down the line. Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive, and shall maintain status quo.

“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre-eminence over and above all other considerations.

“Your patriotism, patience, and co-operation, is highly appreciated at all times”, Olumilua stated.

He, however, said that salaries of civil servants would not be affected in any way by the order.

COVID-19: Fayemi slashes political appointees’ salaries by 50 percent

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