By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has again warned the civil servants in the state to stay away from partisan politics just as he assured them that he would not coerce them to vote for candidates of his choice in both the March and April elections.
Fayose who was speaking in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, during an interactive meeting with different categories of workers, urged the civil servants to be apolitical.
The governor said civil servants should by their operation always support government of the day, saying any of them found playing partisan politics would be sanctioned
The governor said workers are free to vote for the candidates of their choice and he would not be a party to forcing any worker to vote for his candidate in the forth coming elections
Fayose said his government would continue to place high premium on the welfare of workers, in spite of the tight financial situation of the State.
Noting that he inherited a debt of N7.7 billion as arrears of salaries and allowances of workers, Fayose assured that his government shall meet the demands of the workers as soon as the finances of the state improve.
Fayose who expressed his heartfelt pleasure to the workers for joining the forces that returned him to power after eight years he was impeached by the then House of Assembly, pleaded for patience to address their problems.
“Ekti is financially challenged now in view of the huge debt left behind by immediate past government and drop in oil price. This is not an attempt to malign anybody but we have to state the facts as they are. We have tried to borrow money from banks, but they refused because we have not paid the one that was borrowed by the last administration. So, we can’t pay all allowances now.”