Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 December 2012

Nigeria: Sack Threat - Fayose Urges Workers to Seek Legal Action

Ado-Ekiti — Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday called on the 2,783 council workers whose jobs are allegedly being threatened by the government, to seek legal action against Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The former governor described government's action as political, alleging that the action was targeted at those perceived to be sympathizers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fayose further alleged that the affected workers were those employed by the PDP government.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at Afao-Ekiti, Fayose also criticized those canvassing for zoning formula in the 2014 governorship election, describing the agitators as "weak aspirants who are doubtful of their popularity in the state."

He added, "I am constrained to speak on the current political victimization of innocent citizens and workers in the 16 local government areas of the state by the Action Congress of Nigeria-led government."

He enjoined the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees not to abandon the affected workers, but to fight until justice is done.

But the state's Commissioner for Information, Funminiyi Afuye, while responding to the published names, said the list was not meant to sack anybody, saying government is not planning to downsize its civil servants.

He urged the public to disregard any rumour stating otherwise. Afuye added that some of the affected workers were recruited illegally, some had overstayed in the service, while some with either NCE or B. Ed.,would be redeployed to another sector where they could perform optimally.

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