The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has faulted the reduction of the state ministries from 24 to 14 by the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose, saying the move will result in job cuts and dampening of morale among the rank and file of the state work force.
This was contained in a statement issued by the state Public Relations Officer of APC, Taiwo Olatubosun on Tuesday.
According to the State party, the policy is a “systematic disengagement, dislocation and dismantling of the civil service from a functional civil service to a task force civil service”.
It recalled that “At Inauguration, Governor Fayose reversed the appointments of eight permanent secretaries to their former positions, thus making those who replaced them return to their former lower positions. This is an unwarranted demoralisation of the top echelon of the civil service that is central to the faithful implementation of government’s programmes.
“The present reduction in the ministries will create chaos in the civil service top cadre, as many senior officers won’t find spaces in the present arrangement while no fewer than 500 workers in the rank and file will lose their jobs.
“Instead of expanding the operations of government businesses to take in more of our jobless youths, Ekiti people are being thrown into the saturated labour market. This is great disservice to the people that were promised abundant life by the governor just few months ago during campaigns.
“The governor cannot claim that the state does not have money to pay salaries and emoluments. Governor Fayemi demonstrated in the last four years that there is no need to downsize the civil service. It will be a great disservice to Ekiti people if after deceiving them into pro-masses deceits, they are now being thrown out of their jobs”.
The APC also berated the governor for taking September federal allocation to pay October salary, wondering the economic sense behind skipping September to pay October salary.
“We want Ekiti people to know the deceit of Governor Fayose, who has been in the media painting Fayemi black that he owed Ekiti workers two months’ salary.
“Technically speaking, Dr. Fayemi did not owe any salary. If, as alleged, his administration owed September salary and he left government on October 15 while the allocation for the same September was received by Fayose, then commonsense requires that the incumbent pays the workers September salary with September allocation, while anticipating October allocation.
“It is on record that Fayemi, in his four years, didn’t owe any worker salary until Fayose emerged Governor-Elect and harassed banks not to transact business with the then outgoing Fayemi administration. Ekiti workers should ask Mr. Fayose why he now finds it difficult to pay their September salary despite having received September’s allocation and over N10 billion owed the State by the Federal Government”, the party added.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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