Fayemi Denies Sacking 5000 Workers

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Jul 23, 2011 No Comments ›› ACN (ji)

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi Friday refuted media reports that his government had sacked 5000 workers from the 16 local government councils of the state, saying that nobody was sacked; rather, his administration wanted to instil transparency in the civil service of the state.

Fayemi told newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos that Ekiti was going through a transformation process to re-organize and professionalise the civil service, “so those with questionable certificate, who had falsified their age and others who did not meet the defined criteria for employment ought to provide the correct documentation before regaining their jobs.”
The governor said that his government would move the civil service to a high level of professionalism that is known for accountability, transparency and efficiency.

“We didn’t sack anybody; we have not sacked any worker. We have a transformation process in order to professionalise our public service going on in Ekiti State.  Those who are affected by that know what they should do in the process. If you are accused of having presented irregular certificate or forged record or doctored your age, there are mechanisms and process in place to address that.
“Once you have done that, then the situation is regularised. But if you have not done that, you cannot suggest that you are sacked, except you have chosen to sack yourself. We must make up our minds whether we want to run a professional, accountable, transparent public service or we want to run a social service.”

Fayemi stated that civil service workers in the state should be ready and prepared to raise the bar of commitment to work since the state has acceded to the demands of the workers by agreeing to pay the N18,000 minimum wage.
He said the government would no more tolerate a situation where 20 per cent of the workload in the state is being done by a few workers, adding that their productivity should be commensurate with the N18,000 minimum wage the state has agreed to pay.



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