THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Ekiti State, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to urgently charge the arrested Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and Accountant General of the State, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, to court if indeed it has anything against them.
The state Chairman of NLC, Ade Adesanimi, said the anti-graft's continued detention of the commissioners is delaying the payment of salaries to the hungry workers in the state.
He said this yesterday during the celebration of World Teachers Day, organised with fanfare for teachers in the state by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The event was held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
Recall that the EFCC on September 28, picked up the two commissioners while Governor Fayose was declaring his ambition for president in Abuja.
The EFCC had said it arrested them after they failed to honour prior invitations extended to them on the need to explain an alleged misuse of the Paris Club loan refund.
Represented by his Vice-Chairman, Gbenga Akosile, Adesanmi said: "If the EFCC has anything against them, they should charge the commissioners to court so they can come home and pay us our salaries. We are currently hungry and we want to collect the little that we are entitled to now. The actions and the inactions of politicians are having a toll on workers in Ekiti."
Speaker of Ekiti Assembly, Kola Oluwawole also condemned EFCC's arrest of the commissioners, describing it as barbaric, dictatorial, inhuman and illegal. He called for their urgent release by EFCC.
Speaking at the event, Fayose commended the teachers' efforts in getting the state to come tops in NECO for two consecutive times. He announced automatic promotion to level 15 for all level 14 graduate primary school teachers in the state and car gifts with a weeklong holiday in London or Dubai for all best teachers in the category of primary and secondary school and the tutor general of the state.
Fayose said: "I thank you so much. You have done very well and deserve to be celebrated. Today, you have put my enemies to shame by making me proud. They said I am not educated but I have improved greatly on education in the state. Today, I have made Ekiti teachers proud without subjecting them to inhuman treatment that the last administration subjected them to."
You will not see those tormentors again.
"It is only in continuity that you can continue to have car gifts for teachers in the state. Just like it is being sustained in Lagos, let us sustain the Fayose legacy in Ekiti and ensure this government continues."
For this year's edition of the World Teachers' Day, Fayose dished out a cash gift of N100 million which would be paid directly into the personal accounts of the teachers. He also promised to increase the cash gift to N150 million next year should the success be repeated.
The brand new car gifts were presented to the best teachers from both primary and secondary schools as well as the best head master general. Other cash gifts and many other gifts were handed out to the teachers.
Fayose granted the prayers of the teachers and announced the immediate and automatic promotion of all primary teachers on level 14 to level 15 for those who are graduates among them. This attracted great applause from the excited teachers who hailed him severally.
Assuring for the umpteenth time that he would ensure outstanding salaries would be paid workers before his exit, Fayose, announced Toyin Arogundade as new state Tutor General, Petoa Group of Schools as best private in the state, best primary school teacher,