Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has told civil servants in the state that though “Fayose loves you all but I will not sell my house or children to pay salaries.”
Fayose, who featured on his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, blamed the immediate past governor, Kayode Fayemi, for putting the state finance in a dire strait before leaving. He said he inherited the salary backlog from the past administration and had been doing his best to resolve them. Fayose upbraided Fayemi of being wasteful and putting the state in debts. One of the burdens yielded to him by Fayemi, Fayose said, is the N21 billion bond loan, to which he makes N700m monthly repayment. “Since my coming to power, I have been paying deductions and I have ensured water supply to Ikoro, Ijero, Moba and we are closer to Aramoko and Iyin,” Fayose stated. He told the civil servants to be patient about delay in paying their September salary.
Fayose said, “I became governor on October 16 and that is two months and ten days now and I want to state categorically that I have managed the resources of the state very well.
“Now coming here to tell the people that I will pay September salaries, no, no, I will not say that. The salaries I am paying now, I had interface with banks to give me leeway for six months to be able to arrange myself.
“If anybody is expecting me to pay September salary now, that person is deceiving himself. Where will I get from? If somebody was in office four years and he owed you two months’ salary arrears and I’ve been in office for two months and I’ve not owed salaries from the time I took office; our people should be patient.
“This government has been in office for just two months now and people are complaining, what are they complaining about? We should not be deceiving ourselves. Oil benchmark used to be $78 but it has now dropped to $62.
He said he would not abandon other sectors of the state economy to pay workers salaries.
“Some people will say ‘abandon other sectors and pay our money’, but are we going to leave health, water, education and other sectors,” he said.
The governor said his colleagues from Jigawa, Adamawa and Katsina states had helped to realise his “stomach infrastructure” agenda for Christmas celebrations by donating rams and cows to him. Fayose said he asked for the donation to ensure that Ekiti people do not go hungry during the festive season.