Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has approved the payment of a N15,000 wage award for all workers in the state as part of measures put in place to cushion the effects of the current economic situation in the country.
The payment will run for six months, pending an agreement being reached on the minimum wage for workers.
Pensioners in the state will also receive N10,000 wage award for six months, as approved by the governor.
A statement by the Special Adviser, Media to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, on Thursday stated that “the wage award takes effect from this month.”
Oyebode stated, “Similarly, Governor Oyebanji has also approved payment of July 2018 salary arrears to local government workers and primary school teachers across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“The payment is in fulfillment of the Governor’s promise to prioritise workers’ welfare and wellbeing as well as his pledge to ensure all outstanding entitlements of workers, owed by previous administrations, are paid to them.
“The governor had earlier put in place some palliative measures for workers in the wake of the subsidy removal. This includes payment of some outstanding entitlements, extension of the minimum wage to senior workers on levels 14 to 17 as well as provision of shuttle buses for workers and students in the state,” Oyebanji said.
Describing Ekiti workers as dedicated, reliable and understanding, the governor urged them to continue to live up to expectations as the engine room of the government, adding that his administration would continue to take care of their welfare within available resources.