From Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Workers in Ekiti State have praised Governor Kayode Fayemi for
executing policies which have improved their welfare in the last three months of his administration.
Acting under the aegis of the Enlightened Workers Forum (EWF), they commended Fayemi for according their welfare a priority since coming to power in October last year.
They also welcomed the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the victory of Fayemi at the July 14, 2018 governorship election.
The verdict, the workers said, has put a legal seal on Fayemi’s victory which they described as a “popular mandate by the people of Ekiti State.”
The EWF in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Mr. Mike
Bamidele, hailed Fayemi for approving about N400 million largesse for various categories of workers in the last three months.
Bamidele explained that the largesse from Fayemi included N200 million
housing and car loans to teachers, N143 million core subjects and
rural teachers’ allowances and N55 million housing and car loans to
those working in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The three-month financial windfall from the Fayemi administration
amounting to N398 million, Bamidele stated, has brought relief to the
workers whom he said were denied of their rights under the last
The EWF chief also expressed satisfaction with regular payment of
salaries and pensions since Fayemi’s return to power which he said was
a radical departure from the past when they were paid in arrears.
Bamidele said: “Ekiti workers have not had it so good in recent years
because we now receive our salaries to time since Governor Fayemi came
“The car and housing loans and special allowances paid to workers have brought relief to them.
“Workers are now collecting their running grants cancelled by the last
administration to enhance their performance at their duty posts.
“We thank Governor Fayemi for saving us from the deceit of the past
when his predecessor used to invite labour leaders to play games with
our legitimate salaries.
“Timely payment of our salaries now breathes life into the local economy as the positive effect is felt by traders and market women.
“We rejoice with the governor on his victory at the tribunal which we
believe will give him the impetus to take care of workers, pensioners
and entire people of Ekiti State.
“We also believe that the governor will pay all the arrears owed by his predecessor because labourers deserve their wages.
“We want to urge the workers to keep on supporting this progressive
administration providing good governance for Ekiti to be taken to