Hope for workers as Ekiti keys into FG’s bailout plan
Hope seem to be on the way for civil servants in Ekiti State as the state government is already putting together necessary documents to meet requirements for procurement of the federal government loan. This development was made known by the Ekiti State honorable commissioner for finance on Monday when he addressed the press at the end of the weekly Exco meeting. The meeting which was presided over by the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Kolapo Olusola took place at Exco chamber of the governor’s office.
Amongst the resolutions of the meeting was the approval of MDG projects for which counterpart funds have been paid by both the state and affected LGAs (Ado, Ikere, Ise/Orun, Ilejemeje and Irepodun/Ifelodun). A resolution condemning in strong terms, the alleged threat, intimidation and embarrassment of the state government by agencies of the FG namely the DSS, EFCC and the presidency over issues that have been settled by the supreme court on allegations that can never be substantiated which are meant to embarrass, intimidate and coarse the people and government of Ekiti State was also arrived at.
The Honourable Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Owoseni Ajayi who spoke on behalf of the Exco said the Exco in its resolution made it clear that the government was popularly elected two years ago by the generality of Ekiti people, he said the opposition party then went through the process of challenging the election from tribunal to the Supreme Court and they lost in all the courts. “That has brought a final end completely to the issue of election rigmarole, hiding under military tribunal which was purely set up for disciplinary actions concerning the conduct of military men not only in Ekiti but also in Osun, Rivers and other parts of the country, using that as a bedrock to intimidate the people and governor of Ekiti State for being vocal concerning the activities of the federal government will be restricted by the Exco and the people of Ekiti State”, Owoseni said.
The Exco who called on Nigerians to note that Ekiti has been peaceful since Governor Fayose assumed office said it won’t want the people of the state to be provoked into unnecessary crisis thereby passing a resolution that nobody be intimidated by way of arrest through frivolous charges against any member of the government, members of the state house of assembly or anyone conducting his affairs in accordance with the rule of law in the state adding that such actions will be seen as direct attack and assault on the people and government of Ekiti State.
“We verily know that our governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose is the only remaining voice of the opposition in this country and it is the duty of the opposition to point out the ills of the ruling government, our governor has not contravened any known law in this country by criticizing the president and the federal government. We are appealing to the president of this country to allow democracy because one of the tenets of democracy is vibrant opposition, we have not seen any Nigerian who have said any of the issues being raised by the governor of this state have been unconstitutional or unlawful but it has rather assisted the federal government severally and the people of Nigeria in keeping the government on its toes”, the resolution read.
Commenting on the bailout lifeline given to states by the federal government, The Honorable Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo said even though the previous bailout loan taken by the government has mortgaged further the economic fortunes of the state, the state government is keying into the bailout plan once again because it is a national issue.
“We are keying into the fiscal sustainability plan because it is a national issue, since it’s national, the effect on the state is expected to be equal. We have keyed into the FG plan, we are submitting every information the FG requires from us, we are going to FAAC meeting this month to consummate all this arrangement and we are sure that at the end of the day we’ll come out with something that will put smiles on the face of our people”, he said.
Ojo urged the people to continue to support the Ayo Fayose led administration adding that the government will always do its best to improve the people’s standard of living. He referred to the #5b loan procured by the Fayemi administration in the twilight of his regime as a misprocurement, he lamented Fayemi administration’s inability to spend loans taken for purposes for which they were taken adding that political opponents of Ekiti origin should desist from throwing stones into the state moreso that they were the ones responsible for the present financial predicament of the state.
Calling on the civil servants in the state to immediately suspend the industrial action they embarked upon as they have important role to play in facilitating the new bailout plan, the commissioner for justice, Barr. Owoseni Ajayi said “in view of the effort being made to ensure that the arrears of our workers are paid, in view of the fact that Ekiti is virtually one of the least of all the states owing, I want to appeal to our labor union to call off their strike immediately. It is the interest of all the workers to call off this strike because the step being taken to get a bailout from the FG, they have roles to play on it in their various ministries to ensure that we succeed. Other states that are not on strike are collaborating and making sure that they are able to meet all conditions, they should not stay at home and complain thereafter that this government have not been successful in getting this bailout. They should call off the strike immediately so that everybody will be at their desk to perform his or her duty to ensure the success of the loan”.