Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has advised his fellow governors to scale down on their ostentatious lifestyles to save cost of governance.
Fayose(pictured his immediate family) made the appeal while disassociating himself from calls by some state governors that the salaries of public servants be reduced or that there should be massive retrenchment in the public sector in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi.
The statement reads in part: “Today most newspapers carried the story about the 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 exception to that. The minimum wage is even not enough.
“Reduction of wages or retrenchment of workers won’t happen in the state. Instead of those anti-labour and anti-people policies, the governors should cut down on their travels and tours and cut down on the number of their wives and children and their affluence. Let the governors cut their coats according to their cloth.
“Why are they changing the goal post when the match has started? It is an APC agenda. They are in the majority. When they were campaigning, there were indices of the looming economic challenges then, why did they not use that to campaign and see if people will vote for them? “They should have told Nigerians then that the economy was bad and that they would sack workers and reduce their salaries.
“They cannot just change the rules midway. If you sack somebody, it is like cutting down a tree. The person sacked has dependants and himself to cater for. If the government is owing it is better. It will be on record that the government is owing and when the economy improves, we can then pay the workers rather than sacking them and sending them into the labour market.
“It is not my agenda to sack workers. Despite the low allocations coming to the state, I won’t do that.”