The governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has been accused of diverting all the deductions from the salaries of workers in the state, amounting to billions of Naira to the campaign funding of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the June 18 governorship election in the state, Biodun Oyebamji.
The Director, Media and Publicity, Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO), Jackson Adebayo, made this known in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday.
Adebayo alleged that all the deductions from March 2021 to date were paid to the Biodun Oyebamji Campaign Organisation.
He alleged that the diversions had made it impossible for civil servants and other public workers to access loans from the Nigerian government mortgage scheme where the money deducted from workers' salaries ought to have been remitted.
According to SOCO, the unremitted deductions by Ekiti State Government include that of co-operatives which have not been paid to the various societies since January this year, thus making it difficult for members to get loans or withdraw their money to solve their immediate financial problems.
"Apart from this, deductions to different financial institutions where workers obtained loans were not remitted to the appropriate institution while those that are supposed to have finished their loan repayment are still paying to these financial institutions since the ones deducted through government are not remitted,” the statement said.
Adebayo added that the National Housing funds have suffered the same fate as the last remittance that the state made to the bank was in May 2021.
The organisation lambasted the governor for his alleged insensitivity, knowing that the body is supposed to be giving loans to workers as it is being done in other states and at the federal level.
It said since monies deducted from workers by the state government have not been remitted, Ekiti workers are being deprived of getting the loans.
"Even those workers who retired could not get their contributions back since their money did not get to the national housing fund that is supposed to give the loans or payback to the retired workers,” it said.
Adebayo equally said that monies deducted for the labour unions were not remitted to the unions since January this year also.
The organisation called on the governor to as matter of urgency withdraw all the aforementioned money which he had allegedly diverted to the Biodun Abayomi Oyebamji campaign organisation (BAO) account immediately and paid to the appropriate institutions so that Ekiti workers could also enjoy the fruit of their labour.
However, Governor Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, could not be reached for comments as calls put across to his mobile line by SaharaReporters were not answered nor returned.
A text message also sent to his line was not replied to at the time of this report.