Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has ordered 50 percent cut in the salaries of all political appointees in the state to mitigate effects of COVID -19 fight on the economy.
The pay cut, which takes immediate effect, will affect the governor himself, the Deputy Governor, and all political appointees down the line.
He, however, assured that salaries of civil servants will not be affected by the directive saying status quo shall be maintained.
The governor in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua said the directive was consequent upon the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 scourge.
The statement said, “The global economy has been severely affected, with the depression affecting Nigeria as a nation, and expectedly, our dear Ekiti State.
“As a responsive and responsible government, the Fayemi-led administration has taken stock of our financial situation, vis-a-vis our constantly decreasing receipts from the federation account, as well as our dwindling internally generated revenue (IGR), and has been forced to wake up to the current realities of our fiscal position.
“With promises made to the Ekiti people while seeking their mandate, coupled with the moral duty of improving their welfare, a time for making difficult decisions is at hand, and make them we must”.
He further stated that the savings from the pay cut will be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects in the State, as hitherto planned.
“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre-eminence over and above all other considerations. Your patriotism, patience, and co-operation, is highly appreciated at all times”, he added.