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By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti—EKITI State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, yesterday, claimed the outgoing administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi had since the June 21‘ gubernatorial election in the state, employed no fewer than 4,000 workers into the state civil service and the state university.
The governor-elect, who featured on a local radio station in Ado-Ekiti, described such employments as illegal, warning civil servants against being used for illegalities that would attract severe sanction.
But in a swift reaction, governor Kayode Fayemi-led Administration, dismissed the claims, saying there was no iota of truth that the outgoing government recruited about 4,000 workers.
Chairman of the Ekiti State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Suleimon Afolabi Ogunlayi, while reacting to the allegation, said “I want to say that the Civil Service Commission under my leadership is not aware of, is not a party to and is not making any plans and has not requested for or obtained any approval for the appointment of 3,000 or 6,000 applicants as being peddled.
”However, why we are not unmindful of the fact that the present administration is in transit, the commission still has the powers to carry out the mandates in the areas of appointment, promotion, discipline and transfer of service.”
According to him, the 334 persons that were employed into the service was before the June 21 election and they passed through the rigour of examinations and oral interviews, contrary to insinuations that the exercise was politicized, contending that the state would have loved to do more, but for dwindling federal allocation to the state.
But, Fayose claimed over 3,000 persons had been illegally employed into the state civil service and another 1,000 at Ekiti State University after the election, warning civil servants against being used for illegal acts, declaring that anybody found culpable would be dealt with severely.
While speaking on the planned creation of new Local Government Development Areas, LGDAs, he said “I see such an action in the twilight of his administration as setting landmines for the incoming government.
”This is apart from the fact that the matter is in court and the order given by the court has not been vacated. If the people of the state want him to continue with his policies, they would have voted him. The funds coming to the state come in the name of specific local governments.”