Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has confirmed receipt of the Federal Government’s bailout by the State Government.
Speaking at a meeting with tipper drivers, owners and suppliers in Ado-Ekiti, he said the state’s account was credited on Tuesday morning.
He, however, did not give details of the bailout.
Fayose said, “I want to formally acknowledge the receipt of the Federal Government’s bailout. The money was credited into the state’s accounts this morning. It is for the payment of outstanding commitments to workers such as leave bonuses, salary arrears among others.
“The Commissioner for Finance and the Accountant General of the State are in Abuja now. It is when they come back that we will begin the payment of the salaries. Details of what came in will be explained later. I will speak to the people on radio and television. By God’s grace, we will begin to pay after the Sallah holiday.”
The governor had last week given the assurance that the money would be spent for the purpose it was meant.
The state is owing public servants September 2014 salaries, while some workers are owed August 2014 salary. Workers are also owed 2014 and 2015 leave bonuses.
Meanwhile, the meeting was aborted due to the battle for supremacy between the tipper owners, drivers and suppliers. The governor, consequently, fixed another meeting with representatives of the groups.
He urged them to allow peace to reign and that it was only in the atmosphere of peace that development could take place in the state.