EKITI State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the weekend, described the non-payment of teachers and council workers’ salaries by the state government as “wickedness in its highest form”. Besides, the party lamented what it described as the insensitivity that has characterised the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government in the state and irreconcilable attitude of oppression of the masses by the government since it came to power eight months ago.
The PDP said this in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Communications and Strategy, Jackson Adebayo, which was made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The statement reads in part: “The non-payment of the inadequate N13,000 Ekiti State minimum wage to teachers and workers at the local government councils in the state by the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government is, to say the least, the highest form of wickedness on the part of the government, it is an insensitivity that has characterised the ACN government since its inception last year.” The statement urged all right-thinking people in the state to condemn the government
action, saying it did not conform with the promises the ACN made and the expectations of the people it governs.
It lamented that “day by day, the government has continued to do what will make the good people of Ekiti State to regret their government”. Adebayo added: “It is only an irresponsible government that will divide its workforce for no just cause like this. The government should understand that all the workers patronise the same market. Why then should some be paid and others left out in this challenging economy of the third world country?
“In as much as we sympathise with the workers, we call on the ACN government to correct this wickedness for that singular fact that governance is meant to alleviate the problem of the masses and not to add to it. “The 27 per cent bonus that the can government has removed from the salary of teachers is worrisome and embarrassing to the whole world in a state that prides itself in education.
"We don’t even understand the rationale behind this because when our government was in power, it was being paid without any hassles. Yet, we still executed all the projects that Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned in his 100 days in office. “It is, however, sad that despite the fact that the ACN government has failed to execute any project, it still went ahead to cut the salaries of teachers and failed to implement the minimum wage
to its fullest.”
The PDP reiterated its position that the present government in the state lacks the will and the wherewithal to move the Fountain of Knowledge forward, adding that all its “retrogressive actions take this long time for the good people of the state to realise. “We advise the ACN government to consider that it got to this position through judicial manipulation and it should not do more harm to governance in the state for Providence sake.”