Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti chapter, has expressed dissatisfaction over claim by Governor Ayodele Fayose that workers in the state are being owed just four month salary arrears.â€¨â€¨The State Chairman of the NLC, Com. Ade Adesanmi while reacting to Fayoseâ€™s claim, different categories of workers in Ekiti are being owed between five and eight month.
He said workers still remain unwavering in their loyalty toâ€¨the state government, but cautioned that making unbridled andâ€¨misleading comments about the welfare of the workers can strain theâ€¨relationship between the government and the workforce.â€¨â€¨Breaking down the level of indebtedness of the government to workers,â€¨ Adesanmi said: â€œThe state workersâ€™ benefits are in differentâ€¨categories thus: pension , gratuity , deductions and salary.â€¨â€¨â€œAs we speak now, the State civil servants are owed five monthsâ€¨salary arrears, local government, eight months and subventedâ€¨institutions , like College of Education Ikere, College of Heathâ€¨Technology Ijero and Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, are owedâ€¨seven month salary arrears.â€¨â€¨â€œOne cannot but talk about the plights of the pensioners, because oneâ€¨day we will all retire, either on account of age or length ofâ€¨service. As of now, pensioners are being owed five month pensionâ€¨arrears while gratuity has not been paid since 2012 when formerâ€¨Governor Kayode Fayemi was in the saddle.â€¨â€¨â€œEkiti workers are not oblivious of the economic recession that hadâ€¨depleted the financial strength of many states of the federation,â€¨including Ekiti. It was on this strength that workers have beenâ€¨showing understanding about inability of the government to pay up toâ€¨date.
â€¨â€¨â€œLet me state that we all owe it a responsibility to contribute to theâ€¨development of this state, but we need to give out correct andâ€¨accurate information to the public , so that the government andâ€¨workers can be on the same page, otherwise there will be friction.â€¨â€¨â€œI want to appeal to the already restive workers to be patient,â€¨particularly those who were ruffled by the information .â€¨â€¨â€œWe are also assuring them that the NLC and the organized labour willâ€¨continue to do those things that will promote their welfare in spiteâ€¨of the dwindling revenue to the stateâ€, he said.