Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday blamed the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, for the N57billion unpaid salaries and emoluments by the state government.
He spoke at a meeting with civil servants in the state as well as a cross-section of labour leaders at the Government House, Ado Ekiti.
He said his administration was making frantic efforts to defray the backlogs which he said would be done in phases.
Fayemi claimed the trend was caused by irregular payments of salaries and pensions by the immediate past administration of Mr Fayose.
It was gathered that the arrears covered outstanding salaries, pensions, promotion arrears, leave bonuses and other emoluments from 2014 till October 2018 when he assumed office.
The governor also maintained that he was not part of the people that were opposed to local government autonomy.
He said the local governments in the state were currently being given unfettered access to administer their own funds without interference from his government.
He said he would honour his earlier pledge to pay all the outstanding workers’ benefits.
“It is sad to reel out such a homongous figure, because it can create panic for you and I.
” But let me say that we cannot pay everything in one fell swoop, but the 2019 promotion arrears will be given immediate attention while others will be defrayed by installment.
” It becomes difficult to pay once because Ekiti gets a little above N5billion monthly, with the state getting like N3billion, while the local governments receive little above N2billion monthly “, he said.
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