Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Civil servants in Ekiti State have said they enjoyed a better welfare package and standard of living under former Governor Kayode Fayemi than incumbent Governor Ayo Fayose is giving them.
The workers, under the aegis of the Enlightened Workers Forum (EWF), slammed labour leaders for being in “unholy alliance” with Fayose.
They said this had denied them their rights and made them poorer.
EWF Coordinator Mike Bamidele, who spoke yesterday on a Yoruba current affairs programme, Isejoba Rere, on Radio Nigeria’s Progress 100. 5 FM, said workers enjoyed salary increment four times during the four-year administration of Fayemi.
Bamidele said the former governor approved Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) and Consolidated Health Workers Salary Scale (CONHESS), relativity salary increase from N9,250 to N13,000 across board and Federal Government approved National Minimum Wage in which the least paid worker in Ekiti got N19,300.
He credited Fayemi with increment of pension of permanent secretaries, who retired in 1999 before the minimum wage and relativity, to N200,000, in line with economic realities.
According to him, it is ironic that the same workers are owed salary arrears of between six to nine months, with the organised labour unable to fight for their welfare.
Bamidele expressed dismay that the state failed to defray arrears owed its workers, despite various financial lifelines received from the Federal Government, including bailout funds, Paris Club refund and Budget Support Fund.
He said: “Many families now eat once a day, owing to non-payment of salaries. In fact, a Level 12 officer committed suicide because of frustration arising from non-payment of salaries. This has not happened in the history of our state.