I Gave Staff N1.8 billion In Car loans, Others – Gov. Fayemi
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti State, has revealed that his administration has disbursed over N1.8 billion in vehicle and housing loans to public officials, local government employees, and teachers in the previous four years as a token of appreciation and government commitment to their welfare.
The Governor also revealed that his administration paid a total of N2.9 billion in gratuities to retired civil servants and local government employees during that time period.
The Governor pledged that his administration is working out arrangements for the payment of one month salary arrears (due by the previous government) this month to honor the workers’ day during this year’s May Day Rally held at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion in Ado Ekiti, the State capital.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, further assured that the total clearance of the remaining arrears is being looked into after giving consent for the cash execution of the 2017 and 2018 promotions.
Dr. Fayemi said the government owes it to employees to do more, conceding that inflation has eroded the gains earned by his first and second administrations in the last decade, when workers experienced salary increases not seen in the previous decade.
“That is why we cannot afford to go back to the dark era of non-payment of salaries, allowances, and pensions,” Dr. Fayemi added, recalling the misery inflicted on workers by the previous administration. We have already emerged from the darkness, and we must fight any attempt to drag us backward as a state.”
Dr. Fayemi added: “In whatever we do, we should place the best interest of Ekiti State far and above other considerations. Things can only, and should only get better. Therefore, let us jointly make the right choice, not only for ourselves but for our future generations.”
The Governor revealed that housing loans totaling N309 million and N339.2 million were disbursed to civil servants and local government staff, respectively, while car and housing loans totaling N571.3 million and N41.3 million were disbursed to civil servants and local government staff, respectively, for a total of N1.2 billion.
The Governor added that while N287.3 million was disbursed as auto loans to teachers, N299.8 million was disbursed as student loans.