Organized labour in Ekiti state has berated the state Governor Mr. Ayodele Fayose over alleged purchase of a N74 million Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and for allegedly paying himself a sum of N43million severance package as parting gifts.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman, Comrade Ade Adesanmi and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Mr. Odunayo Adesoye made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
The labour leaders described the development as an act of insensitivity to the plight of workers in the state.
The union wondered why the governor who was yet to pay the backlog of salaries of workers will contemplate exotic vehicle and paid himself severance as parting gifts.
They threatened that there would be industrial disharmony in the state, if he goes ahead with his plans to pay himself and his Deputy that huge amount and purchasing the new vehicle.
The statement reads, “If it is true that the state government has approved the purchase of N74million worth of vehicle as parting gift and N43 million severance package each for the governor and his Deputy, we stand to condemn it in its entirety, it is an act of selfishness and insensitive to the plight of workers and pensioners in Ekiti State.
“If a government is owing workers several arrears of salaries and at this critical time that the state ought to have mopped up all its resources to ensure that the outstanding salary arrears and other entitlement are defrayed, that the governor as an individual is now clamouring for the payment of severance allowance and take away gift of N74 million Utility Sport Vehicle.
“We call on the governor to desist from such act and look for a way to pay workers’ Salaries and if government should go ahead with this action there will be industrial crisis in Ekiti state.”
Adesanmi said, “I don’t think that act is right, we stand to condemn it as well, because if property has been existing for several years now and has not been sold by previous governments and you have just few weeks to exit and you are putting them up for sale, it is condemnable and people buying that kind of property should know that this is not right, the incoming government would set up administrative panel to look into it.”
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dayo Adeyeye who also condemned the alleged act, urged the leadership of the APC to be more vigilant to prevent the state from being plundered by the outgoing government.
He said, “I have always maintained that Governor Fayose can’t be trusted. I know he will like to appropriate everything to himself. We learnt he has been selling state assets, like the Erunfun Land along Ijan road. That land was bought by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1949 and he never appropriated it.
“We have had many governments in Ekiti, former governors Oni and Fayemi had come and never contemplated to sell the land, but Fayose was planning to sell it to himself, Ekiti people won’t accept that.
“It was Fayemi who supposed to send him off, but due to selfishness he decided to appropriate that to himself, that is not a trait of a good leader.
“For four years, Fayose didn’t do more than five projects and he claimed he had performed. He only touched two towns throughout the time. Schools, hospitals and roads have decayed under Fayose. No investments in Agriculture, road network, everything was neglected. Not even a single investment was witnessed in Agriculture, so that victory was a sound one for APC and Ekiti people.”
When contacted for reaction, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Lanre Ogunsuyi said he had no comment on the allegations.