We don’t want Christmas cloths, give us our salary- Ekiti state workers cries out
Ekiti State workers cried to Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State Governor yesterday to pay their salary rather than his plan to buy Xmas cloths for 20,000 children in the state. They said they will prefer to be paid their salary because of the hardship they are facing. According to them, Xmas cloths will not solve any of their problems.
“We need our salary to take care of our health, pay our children school fees, settle our debts, not Xmas cloths, they lament.
It was announced that the Enlightened Workers’ Forum, EWF received a directive from the president that all Governors should clear all workers salaries owned before Xmas.
Mike Bamidele, EWF Coordinator expressed concern about Fayos’s decision to buy cloths instead of paying salaries. He said the salary payment should be the main priority not Xmas cloths. “It is a misplaced priority”, he said.
While talking to the press, he said :
“We are still at a loss why the governor still owes core civil servants five months arrears, workers in institutions on subventions seven months and local government workers and primary school teachers nine months.
“Rather than making sincere and concrete efforts to pay our salaries, the governor is busy distributing Christmas clothes for 20,000 children.
“If he pays their parents regularly, it will be easy for them to buy clothes for their children. It is not the business of government to be buying Christmas clothes for children and this has turned Ekiti to a laughing stock.
“Offering to buy Christmas clothes for children when salaries are not paid is an attempt to play politics with the poverty of the people and turn the innocent kids to pawns on the political chess board.
“We reject this Christmas Clothes for Children project in its entirety; all we need are our salaries and allowances. Let the governor look for means to pay them so that we can have relief.
“A labourer deserves his wages and the sweat of his labour must not dry on his forehead. We have worked for this money, it is our right and not privilege, the governor must pay our salaries.
“We are also using this medium to call on the Federal Government to investigate how bailout funds, Paris Club refunds, Budget Support Funds sent to Ekiti State were spent.
“We believe if these monies are deployed to payment of workers, all these arrears would have been offset by now.”