Why we can’t pay N57 billion arrears owed workers, pensioners

The Ekiti State government has explained why it has failed to pay the about N57 billion salaries, gratuities, and pension arrears of workers and retirees in line with its promise when it was inaugurated in 2018.

The Kayode Fayemi-led government, which will end its tenure on 16th October, blamed the recurring economic downturn and paucity of funds in the state for the failure.

It, however, said it had performed well in many other areas such as the construction of a total of 139 kilometres of roads in the last four years, while it also undertook some palliatives on the dilapidated federal roads to make them accessible for motorists.

The Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, spoke on Friday, at a press conference heralding the 4th anniversary and valedictory ceremonies of Mr Fayemi’s administration and the inauguration of the incoming governor, Biodun Oyebanji.

Mr Omole said the current government had rehabilitated 14 general and state hospitals and had also initiated…

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