Ekiti restores higher education subvention

Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor

Ekiti State Government has commenced gradual restoration of subventions to tertiary institutions.

The restoration also includes salaries of workers which were slashed in June following cash crunch that hit the state then.

On June 4, the Ekiti State Government had suspended the implementation of consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage to some categories of workers in the state, even as it slashed the pay of political office holders by 25 percent. The salary cut lasted for three months.

The state government had also announced a reduction of the monthly running grant to government offices then.

However, on Tuesday, Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, said that the slash and other measures done in June were adopted to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s finances, the shortfall in Federation Accounts Allocation Committee and internally-generated revenue and to ensure that government met its obligations.

Omole, in a statement titled, “Resolutions at the August edition of the Economy Review Committee Meeting” on Tuesday said, “Payment of 100 per cent subvention to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital has been restored.

The commissioner said that the “subvention to Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti; and Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-Ekiti, had increased from 50 percent to 60 percent and will be reviewed upwards in the month of September 2021.

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“The restoration of the Consequential Adjustment of the Minimum Wage for officers on grade levels seven and eight, which was hitherto put on hold due to shortfall in revenue from FAAC occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, to be implemented in August; while the arrears will be paid in September, 2021.

“Restoration of consequential adjustment of the minimum wage of officers on Grade Levels nine to 12, which was hitherto put on hold due to shortfall in revenue from FAAC occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, to be implemented in the month of September 2021.”

He, however, said that the “25 per cent reduction in the salary of all political office holders, including permanent secretaries and executive secretaries, is still in place.”

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