Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, yesterday confirmed that he had no intention to pay outstanding pensions and gratuities from the states bail-out fund of N9.6 billion.
According to him his government only got N9.6 billion out of the over N29 billion it applied for.
Retirees in the state had last week alleged that the governor had
excluded the payment of their pension arrears and gratuities from the
Federal Government’s bail-out.
Fayose made the clarification yesterday at Ikogosi-Ekiti during the
opening ceremony of a two-day retreat for commissioners, permanent
secretaries and heads of agencies.
He also stated that out of the N5.6 billion applied for by the 16
local governments in the state, the FG only approved N991 million,
adding that pension arrears and gratuities were also not approved.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu
Adelusi, the governor said the clarification became necessary following
insinuations that the state government did not want to pay pensions
arrears and gratuities of retirees.
Governor Fayose said, “You people know that I don’t hide anything
from you when allocations come. We applied for N29 billion from the
bail-out fund. It is to cover the August and September 2014 salary
arrears left by the Fayemi government, leave bonus, pensions, gratuities
and others. But for reasons we don’t know yet, the FG only approved
N9.6 billion for salaries leaving other issues.
“The 16 local governments applied for N5.6 billion and we did all the
necessary papers and presented them to the appropriate authorities, but
only N991 million was approved. We were later told by the Central Bank
of Nigeria that about 14 states had similar problems with the small
amount approved for local governments.