Ekiti State Government on Tuesday announced the promotion of 37,152 civil servants.
Governor Ayodele Fayose who stated this during the workers’ day celebration in Ado Ekiti also declared that the promoted workers will be paid all their entitlements.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor was quoted as saying that he stood by his earlier promise not to owe workers’ salaries by the time he would be leaving office in October.
“I appreciate the support that I have enjoyed from workers, even when the battle was fierce.
I will never forget your role in bringing me back to office, particularly the teachers. My legacy was already rubbished when I left office but God and you made me come back.
“You made me a man of history in our state. I had no trade name, a family name that is recognised, but with your support, I was able to defeat two incumbents and become the first Ekiti person to be elected governor twice,” he said.
On the harsh economic situation being faced by state and local governments, Fayose blamed the development on the manner the Federal Government handles funds accruing to the national purse.
He, therefore, called on the labour leaders to put the FG on its toes, by asking questions on how the funds were being spent.
“Without doing that, states may continue to find it difficult to meet their expectations. For instance, this year’s benchmark for the federal budget is $42 but oil now goes for over $70 per barrel and instead of paying all the revenues to the Federation Account, the FG still operates an Excess Crude Oil Account contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court and they spend such funds without recourse to appropriate authorities,” he said.