*Says ‘809 ghost workers receiving salaries in Ekiti’
From Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has disclosed plans to make the list of his commissioners-designate public in 48 hours.
The governor also disclosed that a total number of 809 ghost workers were collecting salaries across various ministries, departments and agencies in the state. He added they were uncovered in the verification exercise recently held by his administration.
Fayose spoke Thursday evening during his monthly media chat tagged ‘Meet Your Governor,’ noting that he had deliberately kept the names of commissioners since he assumed office because of paucity of funds, assuring that names would be presented to the state House of Assembly ‘in 48 hours’
He stated he felt that there was no need appointing people into political offices when there was no money to pay them at the end of the day.
Governor Fayose further issued an ultimatum of two months to traders at the Ado-Ekiti Main Market also called Oja’ba to vacate the place to enable a reconstruction which had been planned by the last administration.
He had been working with three commissioners namely Owoseni Ajayi (Justice), Toyin Ojo (Finance and Economic Development) and Kayode Oso (Works and Infrastructure) since he assumed office.
The three were ratified by 7 members of the last state assembly, against the stand of the 19 members of the All Progressives Congress.
He told the people that his administration would explore all available means towards improving internally-generated revenue in the state.
As part of the measure, Fayose said all taxable adults, including corporate bodies must live up to their responsibilities by making necessary payments to the state as and when due.
He charged all federal agencies operating in the state to pay up taxes they are owing the state so as to avoid government action that might be unpalatable to them.
The governor promised to appoint only fourteen commissioners owing to paucity of funds and in appreciation of the needs of the people.
Regarding the recent staff audit, the governor disclosed that 48,257 had been verified as authentic workers out of a total of 49,066 workers in the state, leaving a balance of 809 ‘ghost’ workers.
Commiserating with victims of the inferno which destroyed the Erekesan Market (Oja Oba) in Ado-Ekiti, the governor gave the occupants August ending to vacate their stall and move to Fayemi Market along Moferere-Agric Road and Awedele Market along Basiri Road. He added that arrangement had been made to ease their movement.
He lamented that the fire incident which consumed the market recently could have been prevented if there was a way men of the state fire services could get inside the market to put out the fire.
Fayose assured that the new market to be constructed would have facilities such as police station, functional fire station as well as parking space.
The governor revealed that a number of measures had been designed by his government towards ensuring that the current economic crisis in the country did not bite too much on the people of the state.
He explained that his administration would explore all available means towards improving internally-generated revenue in the state.
Fayose advised those who bought plots of land as well as homes from the state government since 2003, but who were yet to pay up to do the needful within a reasonable period of time to avoid such facilities from being reclaimed form them.
On security, Fayose vowed to demolish any building anywhere in the state discovered to be serving as hideouts for criminals, threatening also to seize farmlands being used for the cultivation of Indian hemp in any part of the state.