By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has ordered the payment of accumulated gratuities of retired judges in the State and ordered the commencement of the recruitment of about 1000 primary and secondary school teachers across the State.
The Governor said his administration since he assumed office in the last 100 days has imbibed the prompt and simultaneous payment of salaries and deductions to public servants in the State.
The move, according to the Governor is in line with the philosophy of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier of the old Western region in accordance with the six pillars of his administration.
Oyebanji spoke at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, during a Stakeholders’ Engagement session, where he gave account of his stewardship to the people of the State in commemoration of his 100 days in office.
The event ragged ‘Keeping Ekiti Working Towards Shared Prosperity’ was attended by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, Wife of the Governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Olubunmi Adelugba, Secretary to the State Government, Dr Habibat Adubiaro among others.
While expressing his concern over the delay in the payment of gratuity of the retired Judges by successive administrations in the state, Oyebanji however appreciated the public servants in the state over what he described as their dutifulness and loyalty.
The Governor restated his commitment to them by assuring them that he would continue to pay their salaries and deductions without any hitch, adding that when they were paid, the resources will go round the market women and artisans, thereby building a strong local economy in the state.
Reeling out the giant strides he’s making in the health sector, Oyebanji posited that spirited efforts are being devised to tame the migration of doctors from the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and other health facilities to oversea countries.
The governor said he does not have excuse not to be able to drive Ekiti towards the desired development and prosperity as he was part of the vanguard for the creation of Ekiti at a tender age of 26 years.