As a means of dealing with the present financial scenario within the nation, Ekiti State Stakeholders on Tuesday agreed with the state authorities on measures to be put in place to chop authorities spending as a means of bailing the state out of present financial challenges occasioned by downturn within the world financial system.
That is because the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed that his administration wouldn’t sack any employee regardless of the money crunch being skilled within the state, regardless of the necessity for minimize in authorities spending.
Each the governor and stakeholders, nonetheless, agreed on some cost-saving measures together with discount in subventions to greater establishments within the state, chopping or complete stoppage of working grants to workplaces, and discontinuation of the consequential changes of the minimal wage for senior class of staff in addition to ramping up of tax assortment in a bid to shore up Internally Generated Income (IGR).
The one-day stakeholders conferences, which befell on the Adetiloye Corridor, Ado-Ekiti, was referred to as by the state authorities as an avenue to current the state of the state funds to the vital stakeholders comprising civil servants, conventional rulers, spiritual leaders, labour and commerce union leaders, representatives of the educational group, college students leaders, management of market ladies, artisan and transporters amongst others.
Additionally in attendance had been the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker of the Home of Meeting, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; members of the state home of meeting, chairmen of the 16 native authorities councils. members of the state government council, and physique of Everlasting Secretaries.
Governor Fayemi set the tone for the day’s dialogue when he reeled out the state’s funds together with challenge distributions in addition to present monetary challenges.
The governor whose presentation additionally included comparability with different sister states, defined the necessity to mirror the financial actuality and improvement within the nation with a view to avert attainable financial disaster. He mentioned that if the State should survive the present financial quagmire, there was a necessity to chop over N680 million bills per 30 days.
Talking on attainable way-out of the present financial scenario, Fayemi amongst others proposed the necessity to considerably enhance the State’s month-to-month internally generated income (IGR) from N700 million to N1.2 billion and in addition minimize non-core bills incurred by way of MDAs, expenditure, touring, sponsorships and occasions.
The governor, who mentioned he was not elected to complain however to seek out answer to the financial scenario of the State, urged the necessity to emulate neighbouring states on consideration for various technique of funding the State’s tertiary establishments, including that N700 million spent month-to-month on intervention can be utilized to cater for different vital improvement wants.
Different choices which the governor urged for adoption included, attraction of extra personal buyers, divestment and privatization of state owned belongings to maximise revenue, suspension of the State consequential minimal wages adjustment and issuing of promissory notes to collectors.
He mentioned: “We don’t need to sack anybody in Ekiti, these are our individuals they’re doing their jobs however we can not proceed to handle what we can not handle so we could have to debate with our comrades in labour, not a cancellation however a suspension of the minimal wage consequential adjustment till such a time that our funds enhance and all of us can see that that is the scenario of our finance.
“We have to take decisive and fast steps on these powerful however mandatory decisions that we’ve to take with a view to restore the State again to fiscal well being after which swift consolidation motion taken briefly time period and steady assessment to tell medium to long run planning.”
Dr Fayemi, in his presentation, defined that his robust fiscal self-discipline, transparency, open governance, goodwill and elevated confidence in his administration had opened up the State for extra buyers and return of improvement companions who had been supporting the state in a complete vary of initiatives.
Nevertheless, he famous that his administration has to face rising dwindling income, must proceed to fulfil recurrent expenditure obligation and insecurity which requires large sum of money to beat.
The Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Felix Ajakaiye, Chairman Ekiti State Council of Conventional Rulers and Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Kolapo Olatunde, Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State College, Prof Edward Olanipekun; and others who spoke on the discussion board, admonished the State authorities to not be deterred by the present financial scenario however to think about and make the most of the inherent alternatives.
Whereas hailing the federal government’s choice to not sack any employee, the stakeholders urged the individuals to cooperate with the federal government in its value chopping measures, saying that the federal government ought to be applauded for popping out plainly with the state of its financial system and for carrying the individuals.