EKITI EARMARKS N1 BILLION FOR COMPLETION OF ABANDONED SECRETARIAT COMPLEX
…as Fayemi decries Workers poor work environment
Ekiti State Government is to spend One Billion Naira on the completion of abandoned buildings and rehabilitation of dilapidated structures at the State secretariat, Ado Ekiti.
The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi made this known in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday during an inspection tour of facilities at the secretariat.
He said his government would complete the abandoned office complex within the secretariat, having made privision for the project in the 2019 budget.
Dr Fayemi who decried the poor work environment especially the dilapidated structures that house some of the ministries, ordered immediate evacuation of staff from the affected buildings to pave way for the rehabilitation work.
He stressed that workers’ productivity can only be enhanced when they receive their wages regularly and when they work in conducive environment.
While assuring that his administration would continue to prioritize the welfare of workers, the governor said this is beyond the regular and prompt payment of salaries which his government has faithfully committed itself to but also the creation of conducive work environment for workers.
“It is the beginning of the year and I decided that I should get a feel of how the workers are doing in the state. Workers are the engine room of every policy that we make. We can talk the talk; the only way we can walk the talk is if those who are saddled with the implementation are able to do their work in a conducive environment.
” Conducive environment is not just paying their salaries regularly, that has resumed fully but coming to an environment that is work conducive is very key to government policy,” he said.
Speaking on the dilapidated structure, Governor Fayemi expressed displeasure at the lack of proper maintenance of public buildings; stressing that an attractive work environment will make work appealing to workers.
His words: It is not very pleasing. I am afraid to say some of the structures are collapsing. We all know that maintenance is a challenge for us in our country but here in Ekiti, we can make a difference; thats how we want to restore our values. We want to make sure that Ekiti is different from the rest. We may not have the millions to spend but the little we have, let’s put it to better use and ensure that the work environment is appealing to workers.
“If you check the details of the presentation I made to the House of Assembly on the 2019 budget, you will see that we put a sizable amount there, I think about a billion naira to complete uncompleted structures in the secretariat and also rehabilitate some of these old structures. All I can plead for and you can help me talk to your assembly members so that the budget is passed expeditiously so we can begin to implement those parts of the budget that are germane” He added.
Workers in their hundreds trooped out of their offices to catch a glimpse of the governor. They also hailed him with the shouts of “legbeegbe”, the governor’s campaign slogan.
Fayemi was conducted round the secretariat complex by the Acting Head of Service, Mrs Peju Babafemi, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapounda, and the Permanent Secretaries of the Minsitries that were visited.