Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has revealed that the government owes the sum of N57 billion to workers in the state civil service.
Fayemi further stated that the cause of the massive debt was the irregular payment of salary and pension by the previous government.
The governor claimed the money owed included outstanding salary, pension, promotion, leave bonus and other emoluments from 2014 till October 2018 when he assumed office.
The governor also insisted that he did not contest the local government autonomy policy, stating that the local governments in the state have been given free rein to administer their own funds without interference since he assumed office.
Fayemi took charge of the state in October 2018. His predecessor, Ayo Fayose, who is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been faced with charges of embezzlement and corruption. The unpaid salaries have been attributed to Fayose's mismanagement of state funds.
At a meeting with the members of the civil servants across ministries, parastatals and agencies, which held at the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi pledged to pay all outstanding workers’ benefits. He explained that some will be given immediate attention while others will be reimbursed on installment.