Fayemi approves financial assistance for vulnerable Ekiti workers
• Blames COVID-19 For Delay In Senior Workers’ New Wage
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has approved financial assistance for the most vulnerable workers, including the bedridden and widows, in the civil service to mitigate their suffering.
The governor, however, blamed the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the delayed implementation of the new wage for senior workers.
He explained that the Public Service Joint Negotiation Council was on the verge of concluding talks on the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage when the deadly pandemic dealt a fatal blow on the global economy.
Fayemi spoke in a statewide broadcast to workers to mark the Workers’ Day yesterday.
According to him, COVID-19 may have robbed the workers of the opportunity to celebrate with the usual fanfare and joy, but it will not take away the core values of prompt payment of salaries, pensions, gratuities and the implementation of the new wage across board.
His words, “I have accepted the list submitted by the leadership of organised labour, Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, with details of the most vulnerable, the sick, accident victims, widows and widowers, and approved money for them as a little leverage of government support in commemoration of this year’s May Day.
“As a government, we are determined to play our part at making work and its environment conducive for Ekiti workers. This, we believe, is the only way we can inspire our workers to give their best in the implementation of policies and programmes of our government.
“I sincerely appreciate the leadership of the service in our state for their donations to the COVID-19 account and the Food Bank. These gestures demonstrate the public service values of loyalty and service to the people.”
The labour movement in Ekiti, Fayemi said, has been resilient and matured, sacrificial and patient, assuring that the welfare and improved working condition of workers shall continue to be his priority.
“Salaries, pensions and gratuities are being paid as and when due. I am sure you have received your April 2020 salary, and all allowances due to our health workers who are at the frontline of COVID-19 response have been paid.”
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