Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has disclosed that workers and pensioners in the state civil service are currently being owed N57billion as arrears of unpaid salaries and emoluments.
The governor disclosed this during a meeting he had with the civil servants as well as a cross-section of labour leaders at the Government House, Ado Ekiti.
He said that his administration was making serious efforts to pay the backlogs which he said would be done in phases. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi claimed the trend was caused by irregular payments of salaries and pensions by the immediate past administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose.
He said the arrears covered outstanding salaries, pensions, promotion arrears, leave bonuses and other emoluments from 2014 till October 2018 when he assumed office. He said he would honour his earlier pledge to pay all the outstanding workers’ benefits. He clarified that some would be given immediate attention, while some would be defrayed by instalmental.
He said, “It is sad to reel out such a homongous figure, because it can create panic for you and I. ”But let me say that we cannot pay everything in one fell swoop, but the 2019 promotion arrears will be given immediate attention while others will be defrayed by installment. ”It becomes difficult to pay once because Ekiti gets a little above N5billion monthly, with the state getting like N3billion, while the local governments receive little above N2billion monthly.“