Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has revealed that he would be foolish to have awarded any member of his family a contract in the state.
Reacting to allegations that that he awarded contracts for the proposed ultra modern Oja Oba market, the Fly over in Fajuyi and the proposed Airstrip to his relatives, business associates and those who financed his election, the governor said none of the tales were true.
“Even if they are contractors, I would not have been foolish to the extent of asking them to come to Ekiti to take up contracts. So, all the All Progressives Congress was doing is to discredit me for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari,” Fayose had replied.
The governor also used the medium to warn erring workers in the state to desist striking actions as this might spell doom for whoever is found guilty.
Fayose threatened to apply no-work-no-pay rule for workers who embark on strike in the state without following due process and labour laws.
The governor cited the state’s primary school teachers’ two-day warning strike as an example of his warnings. He said though he holds the state workers in high esteem, his government would no longer tolerate acts of indolence and unnecessary strikes that could further worsen the state’s financial position.
‘Since I came back, Ekiti is financially challenged. I have not hidden the financial position of the state from workers, particularly the teachers, because they are the set of people I have shown so much love for. I celebrate them on annual basis. Even during my first term, people called me Teachers’ Governor due to my love for them.
‘But the strike they embarked on recently could have been resolved without any crisis if we had dialogued. Repect, they say, begets respect. Every worker in the State knows how much Ekiti takes after FACC in Abuja, because I always lay it bare on the table.
‘We should also know that the people who are not salary earners must be taken care of. We can’t be paying salary and neglecting other people from having access to facilities like good roads, good water supply including the market I just inaugurated, ’ he said.