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Ekiti State Government has suspended the new minimum wage.

The Government announced this on Friday.

It said it had suspended the implementation of the new minimum wage and also slashed the salaries of political office holders by 25 percent.

The development was contained in a statement made available by Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode.

Oyebode noted that the State approved the new measures after reaching an agreement with the leadership of the organised labour following several meetings on the state’s finances “occasioned by a shortfall in the allocations from the federation account.”

According to him, an agreement to that effect was signed on Friday by the representatives of the government and leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in Ado Ekiti.

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He explained that the shortfall in allocations had imposed an expenditure deficit of N750 million per month on the state government, which had left the treasury in dire straits.

“Consequent upon the agreement, Governor Kayode Fayemi, political office holders and other top government functionaries are to make a sacrifice of 25 percent reduction in their monthly salaries for three months effective from May to July 2021,” the statement said.

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“Consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage approved by the state for officers on grade level 07 to grade level 12 would also be put on hold for three months effective from May to July 2021.

“It was also agreed that the monthly Running Grants (RGs) released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on monthly basis be reduced to reflect the latest economics realities on ground.

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“Another deal struck was that an Economic Review Committee would henceforth meet monthly (five days after Federation Accounts Allocation Committee release) to keep Labour abreast of the financial position of the State and actions to be taken.”

According to the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, it was also agreed that 10 percent of the internally generated revenue (IGR), which is the state’s responsibility to the joint account allocation committee (JAAC), would be released henceforth.

The Ekiti Government assured workers of its commitment to their welfare, and also reaffirmed its promise not to downsize the workforce as a result of financial challenges facing the state.

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