As a measure to cushion the effect of coronavirus in the state, Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi has directed that 50 percent salaries of all political aapointees in the state be slashed with immediate effect.
Fayemi gave the directive in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Chief Muyiwa Olumilua in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
The Governor asserted that the development was due to the ravaging effects of the coronavirus scourge.
He explained that the global economy has been severely affected and has affected Nigeria’s economy as a nation and expectedly, Ekiti state.
“As a responsive and responsible government, we have taken stock of our financial situation,” he said.
According to him, “The pay cut will affect the governor, his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi and all political appointees down the line”
He, however, stated that salaries of civil servants would not be affected in any way by the directive.
Fayemi said savings from the pay cut would be channelled into the execution and completion of developmental projects in the State, as hitherto planned.
He further stated that this sacrifice by the political appointees in the state is for the welfare of Ekiti people above all other considerations.
“This is vis-a-vis the constantly decreasing receipts from the federation account, as well as the state’s dwindling internally generated revenue, IGR, and has, therefore, been forced to wake up to the current realities of the state’s fiscal position.
“Your patriotism, patience, and co-operation is highly appreciated at all times,” he said.