Ekiti APC condemns ‘endless’ verification

•Govt: 1,000 ghost workers discovered

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has condemned the two-month verification, “which has caused hardship for civil servants and teachers”.

It wondered why the screening, which should have ended in a month, has been dragging on without any ghost worker revealed.

The party advised Governor Ayo Fayose to stop deceiving workers over “failed promises to pay their salaries”, describing the verification as a “wicked tactic to secure workers’ cooperation”.

The APC in a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, urged Fayose to come clean on how he had been spending Ekiti money.

The party said his comment on the state’s indebtedness was a callous way to deny workers their entitlements.

The APC expressed dismay that the verification had wearied workers, especially expectant mothers who are made to queue for hours waiting for their turn.

It maintained that Fayose has no excuse to owe salaries, judging by the empowerment schemes he stopped and the number of workers who have been sacked since he came to power.

The statement said: “We have heard the governor say that the state is broke and we can’t find merit in that declaration.

“The number of workers who were sacked and drastic cuts in the allowances and running grants of workers, including traditional rulers’, would have saved the state millions of naira.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi carried out verification only once through biometric auditing that brought sanity to wage payment system.

“We wonder why after Fayose did verification three times within seven months, the governor was still subjecting workers to unnecessary verification contraption.

“We in APC pity the workers, including expectant mothers, who queue endlessly in the sun waiting to do this ill-conceived exercise.

The governor assured that 48 hours after the exercise, the cleared workers would receive their pay.

“But two months after some workers completed the exercise, the governor has refused to pay, instead he is keeping workers for hours in the sun for the salary that would not come.

“As a result, the workers have become confused, dejected and despondent.

“Ekiti people have heard how N650 million is being deducted from source to pay the governor’s election contractors. For six months, Fayose didn’t pay kobo on the purported Fayemi’s over-bloated debts.

“Savings in millions are made from cuts in workers’ and Obas’ allowances and running grants, including the savings in millions from thousands who lost their jobs. Social security for 20,000 elders was also cancelled by the governor.

“The question is what is the governor doing with Ekiti money?”

But Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media Lere Olayinka said over 1,000 fake workers have been discovered.

He said: “Over 250 dead workers have been receiving salary through the e-payment system introduced and contracted to a Lagos based company.

“We have kept faith with our covenant with the workers by paying the April salary of those already cleared.

“As at today, we have discovered more than 1,000 people that were receiving salary fraudulently, out of which over 250 are dead.”

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