The Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said his government will start the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage this month.
Fayemi said this on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti the state capital at the 2019 World Teachers’ Day celebration.
According to the former Minister, the payment of the new minimum wage was to motivate workers, especially teachers, to deliver the best to the state.
He, however, called on the teachers to work harder and return Ekiti State to its rightful position in education.
“We will commence payment of N30,000 minimum wage to workers in Ekiti with effect from this month,” he said.
“We are determined to reward diligence because the workers, particularly our teachers, have done the state proud.”
He added that “The only way we can reclaim our lost glory in education is to encourage our teachers in and outside service. I will promote functional and technical education in this state.”
Speaking further, he said the recruitment of more than 2000 teachers into the public primary and secondary schools was part of efforts to secure the state’s future.
Fayemi noted that “I have also ensured that all students of school age are in schools in line with Education Law which makes basic education compulsory and in line with global best practice.
“In this year’s West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination, Ekiti was ranked 12th. I want to salute our teachers, but that is not where Ekiti belongs, we must continually do more to rise to number one”
In addition, he promised that car and housing loans would soon be given to primary school teachers and that two Tutor-Generals would soon be announced.
“I note of course what the chairman of NUT said here about loans being extended to primary school teachers, and I want to assure you that that will be given very serious consideration,” he said.
“I also want to let you know that the government has concluded plans to ensure that we commence the payment of minimum wage of N30,000 with effect from this month.
“Let me state specifically that two new Tutor-Generals appointments have been approved and would be announced in the next week and the third one, of course, would follow with the retirement of the third Tutor-General.
“On the other request relating to promotion, arrears of salaries and leave bonuses, I want to assure you that we would not renege on our promise and we are doing all we can to set outstanding obligations to all.
“As I have assured you at my recent meeting with all workers. I wish to state emphatically that we are running with the time and vision to ensure delivery of the dividends of democracy to all the good people of Ekiti State.
“In other words, we will do everything humanly possible not to leave any stone unturned in making life easier and more comfortable for our people both at home and in the diaspora.
“The present administration in Ekiti State under my watch is poised, committed and highly determined to restoring, preserving and guiding our core values for posterity.”