By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has advised Governor Ayo Fayose to spend July gross allocation of about N9b to address salary payment crisis that has dogged the state in the last seven months.Â
The call is contained in a statement on Wednesday by its Chairman, Tunji Ogunlola, and Public Relations Officer, Ayo Adelabu, at the end of its monthly meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
In it, the CNPP urged Fayose to copy other states by paying at least three months salaries to workers and pensioners who had been abandoned since the beginning of the year.
Reminding Fayose that Ekiti as a civil service state depends on workers salaries to run her economy, the conference urged the governor to suspend money-guzzling capital projects for now to pay workers’ salaries to bring back life to the state’s economy and mitigate hunger among the populace.
The conference praised President Muhammadu Buhari for granting another budget support package to the state to address workers’ salaries, even as it urged the governor to put the money into right use.
“With the last Budget Support Fund that President Buhari granted the state and the bumper July federal allocation to the state to the tune ofÂ about N9b, we urge Governor Fayose to put the money to right use in transparent manner.
“In a state that depends on workers salary to run its economy, we take exception to the governor’s plan to pay just one salary over excuses of spending on capital projects.
“Governor Fayose should be seen as an honourable man that can be trusted with his words to make stomach infrastructure the pivot of his development programme during campaigns, and so any change of heart now after owing workers seven months salary is an unacceptable negation of the picture that the governor painted of himself during campaigns.”
Insisting that the governor had no excuse to owe workers after collecting allocations from the beginning of the year, particularly with revelation that May allocation was yet to be spent, the conference urged the governor to be transparent in his dealings with Ekiti people, who, the statement said, were tired of monthly stakeholders meeting with the governor to explain financial status of the state after taking monthly federal allocation.