Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has reiterated his commitment
to the welfare of workers in the state, particularly, offsetting
arrears of salaries and wages as soon as there is the wherewithal to
Speaking at an interactive session/dinner with labour leaders across
board in the state, Fayemi expressed optimism that salaries arrears
and other allowances, including the 2015-2017 promotion arrears will
be cleared with time, noting that they were not bad debts.
The governor emphasized his commitment to regular payment of salaries
in spite of the dwindling Federal allocations as he assured that other
incentives, including more conducive working environment will continue
to form his priorities in line with his electoral promises.
Fielding questions from the Labour leaders, Fayemi promised to look
into the issues ranging from allowances for Technical College
teachers, rendition of 10% of the IGR to the Local Governments,
CONHESS, gratuities and the issue of some BSES staff members still
floating among others. He promised to always engage the Labour
leaders through constant dialogue to engender a robust
Speaking earlier, the Head of Service, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi noted that the
Fayemi led administration believes in having a round table discuss
with the Labour with a view to tackling grey areas rather than
creating room for protests and industrial actions that may serve as a
clog in the wheel of progress of the State.
In his welcome address, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor
on Labour matters, Chief Oluyemi Esan noted that the current
administration is working round the clock to soothe the pains of
workers, who had been demoralised by the past administration,
insisting that labour leaders can now leverage on the enabling
environment to clamour better packages for their members.
The NLC Chairman, Comrade Kolapo Olatunde, his TUC counterpart,
Comrade Sola Adigun, representatives of NULGE, NUT and other Unions
commended the governor for his cordial relationship with the Labour,
his track records and the commencement of payment of the minimum wage.
They urged him to implement the minimum wage for the senior categories
as soon as possible and walk his talk on clearing arrears and
providing more conducive working atmospheres for workers.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of a life size portrait as
a gift to the governor by the labour leaders.