Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday, April 28, has slashed the salaries of all political appointees in the state by 50% over the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 scourge, which affected the economy in the state as well as Nigeria as a nation.
He made the announcement on Tuesday through the state Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua.
He said the slash salary will affect the Governor, the Deputy Governor, and all political appointees down the line.
He said the salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive, and shall maintain the status quo.
FULL STATEMENT BY STATE COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION AND VALUES ORIENTATION
Consequent upon the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 scourge, the global economy has been severely affected, with the depression affecting Nigeria as a nation, and expectedly, our dear Ekiti State.
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 (IGR), and has been forced to wake up to the current realities of our fiscal position.
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 makes them we must.
In light of the foregoing, His Excellency, Governor John Kayode Fayemi has directed that salaries of all political appointees in the State, will be slashed by 50%, with immediate effect. Savings from this pay cut will be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects in the State, as hitherto planned. The pay cut will affect the Governor himself, 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.
Aare Muyiwa Olumilua
Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation.