The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has directed that the salaries of all political appointees in the state be slashed by 50 per cent.
Fayemi gave the order in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua, on Tuesday.
The Governor explained that he took the decision due to the impact of COVID-19 in Ekiti State.
“The global economy has been severely affected and has affected Nigeria’s economy as a nation and unexpectedly, Ekiti. As a responsive and responsible government, we have taken stock of our financial situation,” he said.
Fayemi also noted that he and his Deputy Governor will take a similar pay reduction.
However, the salary cut will not affect civil servants in the state.
The 50 percent cut from the salaries of appointees, will be channelled into the execution and completion of developmental projects.
Ekiti State currently has eight COVID-19 cases, five active cases, one death and two discharged