Political appointees in Ekiti State, including Governor Kayode Fayemi and his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, are to have their salaries slashed by 50%, Information Commissioner Muyiwa Olumilua said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
He said that the pay cut would be used for the execution and completion of legacy projects, as hitherto planned.
“The global economy has been severely affected. It has affected Nigeria’s economy and expectedly Ekiti State’s.
“As a responsive and responsible government, the Dr. Fayemi administration has taken stock of our financial situation, vis-a-vis our constantly decreasing receipt from the Federation Account, as well as our dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and has been forced to wake up to the 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.
“The pay cut will affect the governor, the deputy governor and all political appointees down the line. Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive. We shall maintain the status quo.
“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre-eminence over and above other considerations.
“Your patriotism, patience, and cooperation are appreciated at all times,” the statement said.