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Ekiti college workers declare support for Fayemi

Workers at College of Education , Ikere- Ekiti have pledged support for the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate , Dr . Kayode Fayemi, ahead of the July 14 election .
They lamented that they were owed seven months salaries by the Governor Ayodele Fayose – led administration .

They also complained that the institution had not received grants for capital projects for over three years of Fayose ’ s regime .
The college staff spoke when their union leaders met with Fayemi and presented a list of demands to him on Friday .
Those at the meeting were College of Education Academic Staff Union, Non -Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff of College of Education.

They praised Fayemi for giving them good welfare during his first term by increasing their salaries twice , repealing the law that abrogated the college and payment of 22 months arrears of N900m owed by the previous administration .
The staff also demanded the elevation of the college to a university status because of the dwindling number of students seeking admission.

COEASU Branch Chairman , Dayo Olokesusi , advised Fayemi to make immediate payment of seven months outstanding salary arrears a priority , saying the last salary collected was for that of November 2017 .
He said , “ The last salary we received was that of November 2017 . We embarked on several strikes , no result.

“ We attend to students in hunger when somebody says continuity of hunger and lack . That is why we are pleading that it should be one of the first priority .
“ We have made up our minds to work for you , to collaborate with you because of the way the state is being run. We are going to give you maximum support . ”
Responding, Fayemi promised to work out a moratorium of six months to offset all salary arrears owed workers and that he would increase the subvention if elected.

Fayemi denied a rumour that he was on a vengeance mission to the government house .
Fayemi said , “ Revenge for what ? How many people did I sack when I was governor? The people spreading this rumour are doing worse than sacking workers.

“ I recruited more teachers and workers , I did not only pay salaries regularly but I also increased salaries of civil servants , teachers and local government workers three times and increased college salary twice .
“ I am in politics to better the lives of people , I am not in politics to punish people . We are educated , we should not dignify such rumours.

“ During my government, Ekiti had 98 per cent enrolment figure of school children but today , Ekiti has the lowest enrolment in the Southwest .
“ Pupils are not able to pay the tax imposed on them by the current government, kindergarten and nursery pupils dropping out of school.

“ It is the pain I see in the eyes of our people anytime I drive around that motivated me to seek this office again . The current government has caused more pain for our people . ”

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