Governor Ayodele Fayose has sparked jubilation in Ekiti State as he has instructed relevant agencies to pay severance package to elected-public-office holders at the local government level.
The governor also instructed that payment be made to these folks, whether they are dead or alive.
This directive was contained in a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Fayose, Mr. Idowu Adelusi.
According to the statement, the beneficiaries of the severance include those elected into office in 1999, 2006 and 2008.
They included: former chairmen of local governments, council secretaries, councilors as well council advisers.
Adelusi said Fayose issued the directive for their immediate payment after the group met with him today.
The Governor warned LGA officials not to play politics with the exercise, saying anyone caught would face the consequences.
“It is our duty to honor those who had served our state in the past.
“They had contributed their own quota to the development of our state.
“Therefore, families of those that are already dead should be paid too.
“The exercise has nothing to do with politics and must be fairly shared.
“We already made some payments some months ago and we are again doing this now.
“If this had been done in the past, the backlog would not have been a burden on us now.
“If not for the financial challenges we are facing, we would have paid everything at a goal,” he said.
The governor admonished leaders of the state to let their actions be in the best interest of the state.
The statement said Fayose urged the people of the state to expect the best from his administration, economic recession notwithstanding in the New Year.
They will each receive N140 million naira.