Illegal Recruitment To Civil Service Can’t Stand, APC warns Fayose
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State, has warned Governor Ayo Fayose against illegal recruitment of workers to the state’s civil service, even as the party urged the governor to stop his deceitful approach to governance.
The party said attempting to increase the workforce by well over 2,000 composed mainly of his supporters after losing election is not only an afterthought, but an act of wickedness and insensitivity to the plights of Ekiti people.
A statement made in Ado-Ekiti by the Pubicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the party cannot fathom the rationality to hire additional 2,000 new hands composed of only PDP members when the governor has always complained of not having money to pay workers who are being owed salaries and arrears of between six and 10 months while pensioners are unpaid for 11 months.
Warning that the incoming administration will not accept Fayose’s plot to destroy Ekiti State and her people, Olatunbosun said:
“It is on record that Fayose has run Ekiti aground having subjected the state to N117b debts with nothing to show for them except enriching himself and immediate family.
“How can one explain or justify fresh recruitment when workers are being owed between six months and ten months of unpaid wages while pensioners have not received one kobo for close to a year?
“Given the fiscal challenges, huge wage burden and backlog of unpaid salaries faced by EKiti State under Fayose’s administration, any staff recruitment at this stage should be considered an act of sabotage to destabilize the new government and keep the state in perpetual financial imbalance and we warn here that we understand this Fayose’s act of sabotage, which shall never, ever stand.
“If Fayose truly loves Ekiti people, he should make as a priority the payment of outstanding salaries, pensions and wages and not any fresh recruitment of workers with no hope of salary payment in a civil service state that runs her economy through payment of salary.
“With this plan by Fayose to run Ekiti State aground through unpaid salary with additional burden of recruitment of fresh workers with no hope of salary payment, it shows clearly that Fayose is an enemy of Ekiti State.
“He refused to employ workers when he was collecting billions of naira in bailout, budget support facility and Paris Club refunds payments with nothing to show for them, only to wake up on the eve of his departure to deliberately add more burden to the state after taking N117b loans.
“Ekiti people are suffering but Fayose is smiling home every month with N300m security vote and another monthly N90m he called ‘sundry expenses’ while also making money through over-bloated phony contracts awarded to his cronies with him having vested interests in the contracts at the expense of the people.”
Olatunbosun insisted that the purported recruitment is a ruse and disservice to the state’s collective interest, stability and survival.
“The fact that Fayose is always insensitive to economic burden of the state is the reason why he did not consider the financial implications of fresh recruitment to the state and this has further given credence to why he and his party were rejected at the last governorship election for a more popular, civilized and responsible Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“We (APC) are using this opportunity to tell Ekiti people and the whole world that any recruitment done in contravention of civil service or public service extant rules surrounding engagement or recruitment of workers will not stand.
“Fayose should pay the outstanding salaries of workers and make the pensioners to smile before thinking of adding to Ekiti economic/financial burden.
“APC’s government will not accept the purported Fayose’s recruitment if he is still owing workers and pensioners several months of unpaid salaries, pensions and gratuities,” Olatunbosun concluded.