COVID-19: Fayemi slashes Ekiti political appointees’ salaries by 50%

Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has announced the slash by half salaries of political appointees as part of measures to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the state’s economy.

The commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Tuesday said the governor took the decision in view of the dwindling allocation from the federal government and reduction in the internally generated revenue in the state.

He explained that salaries of civil servants would not be affected by the new directives.

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” In light of the foregoing, His Excellency, Governor John Kayode Fayemi has directed that salaries of all political appointees in the State be slashed by 50%, with immediate effect. Savings from this pay cut will be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects in the State, as hitherto planned. The pay cut will affect the Governor himself, the Deputy Governor, and all political appointees down the line. Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive and shall maintain the status quo,” the statement read.

Fayemi informed the appointees that the decision was for the welfare of residents in the state, ” which should take pre-eminence over and above all other considerations.”

 

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