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‎Ekiti To Refund Excess Deductions From Workers’ Salaries

Emmanuel Ani, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State government will within‎ the next few days, refund excess money deducted from the salaries of workers for car, housing and computer loans.

This followed submission of the report by a committee set up by Governor Ayodele Fayose, which looked into the matter.

Speaking during an interview programme on radio and television in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Fayose also promised that the legacy projects embarked upon by his administration would be completed as scheduled.

In a statement on Tuesday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor said teachers, whose salaries were over-deducted fell into those under the Teaching Service Commission and the State Universal Basic Education Board.

While assuring that the money would be refunded shortly, the governor said steps had been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the future.

On legacy projects such as the flyover, the new Ojaba Market and the extension of the dualisation of the Ado-Ikere Road, Governor Fayose gave the assurance that they would be completed on time.

He emphasized that the projects could not be in anyway rushed into completion for cheap political reasons as being demanded by some individuals and groups due to their nature.

While appealing for understanding and cooperation of the people over inconveniences encountered as a result of the ongoing projects, he said he was not unaware of the pains and discomfort being faced by residents in the process of executing the projects through occasional road diversions.

He clarified that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the projects were not misplaced, saying certain facilities that should ordinarily make a state capital or local government headquarter look its worth were lacking in Ekiti State.

Fayose explained that he deliberately embarked on such projects in order to create long lasting legacies that would outlive him.

“Only a foolish leader, or politician, will be working for the purpose of winning election alone; the wise one will do those things that will take care of the future.

‎”The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is still being remembered for what he did. The‎ dualisation of roads in Efon, Ikole and other places are being done despite the paucity of funds. We need a leader who has the vision and won’t be bogged down by paucity of funds or other hindrances.‎ I have taken it to personally impact on people’s lives positively.‎ We need to put the people first‎,” he said.

The governor enjoined the state workers, in their capacity as the engine room of government, to rally round his administration to deliver on its promises.

He threatened to soon embark on unscheduled visits to public offices to ensure that issues relating to laziness and complacency among civil servants became a thing of the past.

The governor warned that any worker caught abdicating his responsibility in the process would be dealt with according to necessary industrial law.

He used the occasion to announce that the 20th anniversary of the state creation, coming up on October 1, 2016, would be low-keyed due to current economic realities.

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