By Rotimi Olaleye
Ado-Ekiti–Ekiti State government yesterday said it will clear all outstanding staff salaries and leave bonuses as well as pension arrears to its retirees from the N9.6 billion Special Intervention Fund it was negotiating with the Federal Government.
The State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka, who made this known in Ado-Ekiti during activities marking the ongoing 2015 Civil Service Week said that the approval of the State Executive Council and the State House of Assembly had already been secured to enable the state access to credit facility.
Faseluka explained that the arrears of workers’ salaries to be cleared from the facilities include the September 2014 salaries of the entire workers in the state Civil service as well as the arrears of the August 2014 salaries of staff of some government parastatals and agencies which were owed by the immediate past administration in the state.
While stating that the outstanding gratuities of pensioners who retired from the state civil service from September 2012 to date were not captured in the N9.9billion intervention fund, he assured that steps to clear the outstanding gratuities would be taken as soon as
outstanding salaries and leave bonuses of workers were paid.
Meantime, partisan civil servants in Ekiti State have been told to leave politics to politicians and concentrate on how to reinvigorate the service for a better result.
The State Head of Service, Dr Faseluka, handed down the warning yesterday in Ado Ekiti urging civil servants eyeing political offices to resign and join active politicking.