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180 Ekiti Assembly Workers Sacked


About 180 civil servants working in the Ekiti State House of Assembly have got a bad New Year gift from the government.
The workers, who were employed by the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, were sacked on Monday after they had finished the New Year prayer as part of activities to mark the first working day.
The civil servants were exchanging banters with their colleagues after the prayer when factional Speaker Dele Olugbemi announced their sack.
Some of the sacked workers, who asked not to be named, alleged that Olugbemi told them that “they were not properly employed by the immediate past administration”.
The workers, some of whom were weeping, described their sack as unfortunate and appealed to Governor Ayo Fayose to reinstate them.
One said: “We are not politicians; we are civil servants and we have been loyal to the government and government is a continuum.
Boasting Fayose
“It is a very bad thing for you to resume work the first working day of the year and be handed a sack letter. What are we going to tell our dependants at home?
“We have families to feed and take care of. Every government employs civil servants at one time or the other and we believe that the Fayose administration will also employ new workers anytime the state’s finances improve.
“For us to be sacked summarily because we were employed by Fayemi is very unfair to us and we appeal to the governor to temper justice with mercy.
“We are Ekiti indigenes and many of us even voted for Fayose. Is this the way they are going to pay us back?
“We urge the governor to have mercy on us and take us back because many people will be affected by our sack.”
Olugbemi alleged that the sacked workers were employed by the Fayemi administration after losing the June 21 election.
He alleged that their employment was to create problems for the then incoming administration.
The factional speaker alleged that senior officials of the dissolved House of Assembly Service Commission (HASC) and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains “illegally used their positions to facilitate the employment of the sacked workers”.
Olugbemi said their employment was an additional burden on the finances of the Assembly and the government.
He alleged that some of them are redundant in the Assembly while others were not even coming to work at all.
The speaker said the sack of the workers was not to witch-hunt them but to “correct an anomaly of the past”.

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