Cut your travels and tours expenses, not Minimum wages: Fayose tells Governors
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has distanced himself from the latest plan by some state governors to reduce the salaries of public servants and/or to massively retrench public Servants.
Instead of reducing salaries and sacking workers, Fayose advised state governors to reduce the luxury they enjoy in office and put an end to wastages.
According to a statement issued on Friday in Ado-Ekiti by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said this during the Agenda for the Treasury Board meeting held as part of preparation of Ekiti state’s 2016 budget.
“Today most newspapers carried the story about call by some state governors that the minimum wage of N18,000 be reduced or that there should be massive retrenchment of workers in the public service. They are on their own and I take exemption to that. The minimum wage is even not enough.
“Reduction of wages or retrenchment of workers won’t happen in Ekiti State. Instead of those anti-labour and anti-people policies, the governors should cut down on their travels and tours and cut down minimum wives and children and their affluence. Let the governors cut their coats according to their sizes.”
Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum had on Thursday told newsmen in Abuja that the current low prices in Oil Prices was making the payment of N18,000 minimum wage impossible.
He said it would either be cut downward or workers would face retrenchment.